More retailers are using chatbots and iPads to connect quickly with customers and make sales. This enables them to handle basic service needs faster and more efficiently.
While many businesses and consumers have embraced chatbots and automated features in order to make service inquiries and to share personal information. But many consumers are left wondering where their data is stored.
Research has shown that consumers still want human-to-human interactions when engaging with brands for a variety of needs, from purchases to service requests. This doesn’t mean face to face all the time but rather creating a more human experience online through website chatbots, or when they are using devices such as iPads in store to search or purchase an item.
Recent research has shown that 45 percent of consumers don’t want brands storing their information due to concern over data breaches or hacks. This shows that there needs to be a balance between technology and a human interaction. Retailers need to focus on an approach which encompasses technology into their service offerings but also shows consumers how their data how is protected.
Retail brands also need to be more transparent about how they’re using, storing and sharing customer data. Using devices such as iPads in stores to help a customer find what they’re looking for and is a tool to improve excellent customer service. You can create a great customer experience for them, by using iPads can help you to secure a point of sale more efficiently and perhaps easily. You can use this technology to show them how their data will be used and protected to build a loyal customer base.
You might have the devices but nowhere to store and charge them? Here at LapCabby we specialise in charge and store solutions for your devices. It is especially important to protect your devices in retail to prevent theft, loss and to protect any customers personal data on any device that you are using.
We offer a range of products from compact to wall mounted. Check out the full product list here.
Our DeskCabby is a popular charge and store solution for retail stores as it is a small compact unit which can store up to 12 USB powered tablets. The intelligent charging recognises the device that is being plugged in. It supplies the right amount of power to each device, so it won’t over or under charge protecting the device’s battery life. It can also be locked during charging, and the internal fan will keep devices cool as they charge. You can stack up to three DeskCabbys at one time to save space and to charge 36 devices at once, it is as simple as that!
The future of education is heavily determined by the development of technology. More educators and teachers are understanding how EdTech tools can be used to engage students as opposed to distract them.
Technology can really aid a student’s learning and boost their capacity, productivity and performance. Many students across the globe are more inspired by the positive impact which technology has made to education, such as making it more interactive.
Here are 7 ways that technology supports education:
Teaching is easier: projectors and mobile devices such as laptops, Chromebooks and tablets help deliver any instruction or lesson and students understand how knowledge is applied in practice.
You can track students’ progress: Technology has aided many educators and teachers the power to use a variety of platforms and tools to record information/ achievements on students. This is often a safer and more reliant way of data recording.
It is good for the environment: Using digital textbooks would help save trees and cut down on the use of paper.
Students will enjoy learning: By integrating devices like iPads, Chromebooks and online presentations you can make the learning experience more interactive and interesting.
Distance learning: Without the internet, people wouldn’t be able to access any type of information at the very moment they think of it. Distance learning is a very popular learning method that allows students to take control of their own learning.
Information at your fingertips: Technology integration makes everything different and simpler. The access to online content is endless and students can write better as a result.
Collaboration: Devices and online tools create a unique setting for students to engage in group work.
You might have the devices in place to integrate technology into education. But do you have the right solution in place to safely store and charge all these devices in the classroom?
Here at LapCabby we understand that devices such as laptops and Chromebooks can really help students to learn and to enjoy it. We have a wide range of charging solutions to suit any need and space. Check out our products here.
You probably know what mobile devices you need to store and charge, but you might be confused as to which LapCabby will fit your needs and space. With the world that we live in, we rely heavily on technology to learn and to complete work tasks so the demand for instant charging is vital.
Here’s a quick and easy step by step guide to help you pick your perfect LapCabby:
The first step is to make a note of all the devices which you wish to store and charge; for example, is it iPads, laptops or a combination of devices? Now think about how many devices you want to store and charge at one time. This will help you to then think about what space you have available to place your LapCabby storage unit in.
Once you’ve identified what devices you have and the space you have available to store and charge devices, then check out our product page to find your perfect LapCabby. We really do mean it when we say that no matter the device, environment or space we have a secure and high-quality solution to charge and store them.
We have different types of solutions such as compact, multi-device storage, portable,static and travel because we know that one size does not fit all. Look at all these sections to see the benefits of each type of solution to really understand which store and charge solution is going to benefit you in the long run and fit in your environment.
Once you’ve decided, just request a quote and tell us which of our products you are interested in. Then one of our account managers will be in contact to discuss this in more detail and to help you make an order. But if you’re not sure which solution you need then again request a quote and we’ll help you find a secure LapCabby!
All our products come with lots of thoughtful features to make your life easier. For example, fully welded steel frames with weldmesh bases for constant air flow, so devices won’t overheat. Some of our products have separate power compartments which are opened with a concealed handle and sliding shelves for easy access. All our products can be locked to keep your devices secure.
Finding your perfect LapCabby is as simple as that!
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from healthcare, it’s that nothing stays the same for very long. With new technology dropping frequently, it’s important that this sector stays ahead of the game to improve patient care.
Healthcare has already committed to adapting mobile devices such as laptops, iPads and tablets to improve efficiency of patient care but also patient privacy and data.
How ICT supports healthcare:
Mobile devices help to keep all your patient data records up to date, give you instant access, quick and simple ways to share information if needed as a care provider and security. Other departments across the healthcare sector such as laboratories need to use mobile devices to ensure that information is processed quickly and correctly to improve healthcare delivery.
If healthcare organisations have flexible and robust mobile devices in place, then they can improve collaboration between other healthcare providers to speed up the delivery of quality patient care.
Opting to use mobile devices will help you to cut down on waste and save time typing up notes.
LapCabby have a solution for you:
We understand that maintaining your device infrastructure is key but can sometimes be hard to do with healthcare. You might not have the space for an ICT storage solution or may need to share mobile devices across departments and wards. Therefore, your devices need be stored somewhere securely, be able to be moved around and charged while on the go. Seems impossible?
Meet our Go2 Case: A space saving, portable solution that is ideal for smaller deployments. It’s lightweight but strong enough to hold 50lbs of equipment and is also light on your budget! Charge 6 devices up to 15” on the move with room to store many more. This case has full ventilation to keep devices cool, there’s no noisy fan which reduces the risk of infection spreading. You will be able to charge a range of electronic devices such as headphones, tools and electrical healthcare equipment by removing dividers completely which is ideal for any healthcare practitioner.
The case has been tested to the highest health and safety standards, it’s ergonomic and cost effective but you won’t be compromising on quality! The Go2 Case has a separate power compartment for electrical safety and comes supplied with a padlock so all patient data will be safely stored. It’s supplied with a cable lock and anchor point to secure anywhere, you don’t need to worry about theft while working in a busy environment with your devices.
Here at LapCabby we pride ourselves as being a gender equality workplace. The president of LapCabby is a woman and research has shown that female business owners build better workplace relationships and reduce company expenditure. Our senior management team is made up of 50% women that has given our company a seasonal approach. But it’s no secret that in other businesses, female talent is often ignored and not used as an efficient business resource.
At LapCabby we understand that both men and women can bring different skills to the table and our onsite factory.
In finance, often as careers take off the female representation in this industry declines. That’s not the case though for our Finance Manager, Jenny Elliott.
Jenny said: “Only a quarter of senior financial positions are held by women and with that statistic comes the fact that gender pay inequality in finance is one of the widest, with the second-largest gap of all industries in the UK.
“This makes me even prouder of what I have achieved to date and will continue to push me to become the best finance manager possible, not only for LapCabby but also in my field. Confidence is key for me, but I’m always willing to try something new and I am open to suggestions from my team. No two days are the same and as LapCabby continues to grow, I will not only continue to enhance my skills set to grow with the company but also develop my team to the best of their ability.
“I look forward to helping make important decisions about the company’s future and being able to supply evidence to support the facts and figures. I chose this career from a young age and regardless of gender I believe if you work hard and stay focused there may be set backs along the way but with the right attitude and outlook on life you can achieve your goals. Although there is a gender gap in other companies, this isn’t the case at LapCabby. I am proof that with hard work and determination women can juggle having a family but also continue to have a successful career.’’
It’s important that women are unapologetic in fighting for the career they want. It’s refreshing to see more women in senior roles across the world, and the future is brighter for women in finance. When women thrive, businesses will thrive too.
The NHS recently released a statement which promises that every patient in England will be able to access an online GP consultant within the next five years. Is it not time we had access to a digital doctor?
It’s not just online dating apps that you need to swipe on, soon you could be quickly talking to your GP in confidence with just a few swipes on your smartphone. Recently the NHS launched an NHS app where you can do a variety of things such as book appointments, check your symptoms and even order your prescriptions and know what time you need to collect them. As well as all these convenient options, the NHS has revealed a new online GP service called GP at Hand.
These new steps have been implemented to make medical care more accessible when you need it and it allows for you to book and keep track of your appointments and medication.
Patients could receive better care online with their 10 minute appointments and take less time off from work and save valuable time if they could do this from the comfort of their workplace or home.
If you do need to be seen in person, the online doctor will refer you back to your NHS GP but this app will cut down on waiting times at the doctors surgery as more patient care will be taken care of online.
More and more doctors and patients will be in favour of this as it’s convenient for everyone to have all their past consultation notes in one place. It allows for more doctors to work remotely.
But as well as using laptops and iPads to store this patient data they’ll need something which helps them charge these devices in a secure and safe way before rolling this app out. That’s where a LapCabby comes in to help and make doctors’ digital world more secure and easy. The NHS has the freedom to choose a compact, portable or static unit from our range to protect and secure patient data on mobile devices. They can easily charge any mobile device and not worry about running out of battery at any point which will alleviate concerns about working online all day on different devices.
It was yet another fantastic year for us at the London Excel showcasing our bespoke products at the annual BETT Show.
Over the past 11 years, BETT has presented us with brilliant opportunities to meet with our existing end-users and resellers from all over the globe and to have the chance to start new conversations and spark new interests.
BETT was a great platform to launch our new LapCabby GO2 Case which many people loved due to its unique and thoughtful features. Full ventilation to keep the devices cool, a separate power compartment for safety and that it is supplied with a cable lock and anchor point to secure anywhere. This seemed to be a big hit with many teachers who teach across classrooms or campuses. Who wouldn’t love a storage solution that charges on the go, which is easy to use and takes the stress away from worrying about it being damaged or stolen?!
During the four-day event, people from different educational institutions and countries were looking for different ways to store, charge and sync their devices to improve curriculum. BETT really highlights the impact that technology has on communication and school grades.
It was clear that consumers are gravitating more towards smaller, compact devices such as tablets such as Microsoft Surface Pros and iPads as opposed to laptops. While speaking to consumers it appeared, that laptops may have exceeded their expiry date in some schools as the interactive options that Chromebooks and tablets offer seemed to be the way to integrate ICT in an educational space.
LapCabby’s Digital marketing executive, Indy Bamra said: ” BETT was a really insightful event and it’s so great to see the forward approach schools are taking across the world. Many consumers were interested in our protype mobile phone unit, as schools are now understanding the need for more children to carry a phone to and from school for safety. However, our products show that, mobile devices don’t need to distract a child at school, especially if they know that their phones are being stored safely and securely in a compact unit and are being charged.
“We’ve worked with the education sector for many years and it was interesting that everyone wanted to store and charge their devices in a different way. For example, some people were interested in our LapCabby DeskCabby and some were keen to purchase our LapCabby Lyte Wall range. It just shows what a dynamic sector education is. Everyone has different needs and requirements when it comes to ICT and the way they store and charge their devices, usually depending on how often they use the mobile devices.”
BETT is always an unmissable event where everyone can see how technology is changing. It’s great to see how this will impact the way we design and expand our range to fit current technology trends and demands as technology is continuously growing to play a bigger part in young people’s lives.
We hope you enjoyed the show and if you didn’t manage to experience the quality our products or if you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we want to help you protect, store and charge your devices.
On 23 January 2019 – ICT storage and charge solution providers LapCabby are set to attend BETT 2019, where they will be launching six new products and raising awareness about the global nature of their brand. Their appearance at the annual EdTech show will give school decision makers the opportunity to be the first to view new solutions and understand how these can save them both space and time.
On what will be their eleventh outing to the show, LapCabby will be providing demonstrations of their products by their expert team, really engaging with show-goers to highlight the uniqueness of their brand. LapCabby create bespoke solutions to suit any school no matter what their needs – and everything is built, tested, and assembled by their team.
Whilst a company not only based in EdTech, working with industries as varied as retail and healthcare, LapCabby have had vast success within the education sector. This makes BETT 2019, which expects 34,000 visitors, a great opportunity for the company and any potential clients. On the show, LapCabby Director Gary Frost said, ‘We’re proud to be exhibiting at BETT again in 2019. It’s a great place to speak to our customers and partners, especially when we are launching new products. Developments in technology and the way consumers in education are using this technology to enhance curriculum mean we are always striving to improve our product range. This year we are bringing some exciting products to the market including charging and storage for VR headsets and mobile phones, amongst others. We are looking forward to the benefits these will bring to the education sector.’
To enhance their success at the show, LapCabby have enlisted exhibition stand specialists Quadrant2Design to create a stand which is perfect for them. “They’re a flexible company who really listen to our requirements” said Indy Bamra, Digital Marketing Executive, on the Poole-based designers. As a company who pride themselves on creating bespoke builds for their customers, Quadrant2Design’s partnership with LapCabby is definitely a perfect fit.
Look out for LapCabby on stand B122 at BETT 2019 on January 23rd-26th at ExCeL London.
About LapCabby:- In business for over 20 years, LapCabby provide portable and static ICT storage and charge solutions to various industries all around the world. Having worked with clients in education, retail, enterprise, and healthcare, LapCabby have a wealth of experience and create bespoke storage units to fit the needs of the client. To learn more about LapCabby, please follow the link: https://www.lapcabby.com/en
About Quadrant2Design:- Quadrant2Design design and build exhibition stands exclusively using the Swiss-designed Prestige Events System. Their Freedom2Exhibit® plan increases operational flexibility and minimises the cost of exhibiting, and they pride themselves on creating stands which are modular, sustainable, and eco-friendly. For more information, please contact Saskia Carrington: email@example.com
Blockchain technology may eventually disrupt how supply chains are managed but it will be for the better. Currently some supply chain procedures are quite inefficient, as people are wasting about 40% of the food which is grown and produced.
The blockchain process will help to provide a team of people who will be able to effectively build trust and verify data. But if all blockchains are not created equally or without a strong plan in place then they run the risk of not being able to truly influence the supply chain procedure.
In order to improve food safety and to trace its influence, blockchain technology must be built specifically for enterprise, for real business with diverse engagements delivered across the industry.
If it’s done right, blockchain technology can make our lives easier. Currently the food safety and food supply are complex. We need to work with people who understand the processes in place and who understand what needs to be delivered using technology. As the next generation consumer will want to know the full history of where the food has been created.
A range of technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality are coming together to revolutionise the way healthcare professionals can treat patients and develop new cures.
A new revolution is being launched to change healthcare for the better, as the emergence of big data, cloud technologies, smartphone adoption becomes more prominent and there is a need to link data together to gain new relevant insights.
This revelation has sparked a wave in robotic operations and will hopefully enable surgeons across the globe to perform robotic operations from other continents, without travelling to the exact location.
Most of us are familiar with technology such as wearable fitness monitors and health apps, which is a step in the right direction to transforming people’s lives. However, more hospitals across the UK are initiating ‘virtual visits’ from doctors, delivered via portable video devices, which could potentially save more lives.
There is the argument that two-way cameras could be implemented into homes where people live alone. One camera would be for the patients to talk to medical staff and the other camera would be used to monitor things such as blood pressure. This could help to reduce the number of deaths that take place at home and for healthcare professionals to act quickly to a patient’s illness.
In other countries more, patients are going in for operations with real-time location tracking systems. It’s just placed next to their beds and this helps them to inform their loved ones when they’re successfully out of surgery, which if implemented in the UK could help reduce patients stress levels when in a hospital.
Other technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality are becoming more affordable. For example, the Samsung Gear VR Headset costs approximately £100 and could eventually make a real impact on healthcare, as it helps coach patients to recover from surgery and encourages them to enter the aftercare process quicker.
Some may argue that the best way to treat patients and to improve healthcare overall, is to unlock the data and cross-reference a patient’s file details with others to gain better insights. However, there is the patient confidentiality issue and how many patients would want to share their personal files for health research? Perhaps, for now small technological advancements will help us to shape a better healthcare system in the future.
Work in healthcare? If you’re looking for a smarter and more hygienic way to store patient data, then get in touch with a reseller to see how a bespoke LapCabby could help you to deliver better patient care.
There is something to be said about finding some ‘headspace’ in the workplace. There are times when we need to take a breather to increase our productivity and to get more creative with our work. Could technology help to divide our workload and help us gain the perfect work-life balance?
According to a recent survey of small medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) leaders by Advanced, 35 per cent of people are using digital tech to automate processes and free up their time. But which technologies can help us to do this effectively?
Perhaps cloud services can help you to focus on your organisation’s core activities, minimise costs and reduce operation risk. Providing a real-time view of key operations, may offer you greater control and give access to data that can help you run every part of your enterprise more smoothly. As well as these, mobile systems will underpin any efficient, agile and collaborative organisation.
SMEs should look to empower their employees to use mobile tech to work on the move, with real-time information, streamlining tasks and minimising the potential for departments to work in isolation.
Then there is the argument that robotic automation tools could take over our repetitive tasks, which will allow humans to invest more valuable time into other work and to explore new projects to help drive the business forward and into new ventures.
In the tech dependent world which we live in, businesses can benefit from these innovations to increase efficiency processes which will help to eliminate workload stress for employees, helping them to capture the perfect work-life balance.
But it is also important that employees understand the value of using digital tools to maximise their productivity, otherwise the system will be flawed and not beneficial to the company.
Playing or training within a particular sport can be an extremely tiresome task. The triumphs are great but often the falls can be frustrating and sometimes painful.
However, new technological equipment can help those triumphs happen more quickly and often for sports players.
This is all down to modern designs and the use of new materials which aims to influence the training of sports, helping them to be smarter and better. Nowadays, more professional coaches are taking advantage of new cutting-edge technology which has the power to train athletes to gain additional skills as well as to improve their performances.
There are many smart sports equipment available on the market which can track, analyse and collect the data about a person’s performance and skills, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, motion sensors and accelerometers.
These versatile features will help give a more analytical insight into people’s sports performance which will help club coaches to change their strategy and for individuals to evaluate how their training is going, identifying where improvements may need to be embedded.
Tech products like smart helmets are becoming increasingly popular due to their magnet tech and sensor built-in elements, which sets them apart from regular cycling helmets. This sensor detector can help lower forceful impacts which may decrease the chances of inflicting a head injury. But that’s not all. This sensor then transmits this information over to the coaches’ sensor device which will also inform them of the injury, enabling them or the wider team to take action quicker.
Also, it is a well-known fact that quality sleep can significantly improve our mood and brain power. Some sensors that can connect to the human body can simply explain if someone is getting quality sleep. This new technology will help refine sports strategies enabling everyone’s goals to be clear, manageable and more achievable.
There is great potential within this new technological advancement, as those who train in a sport want to continually improve and raise their game to the next level and possibly increase competitivity.
Imagine a world where a computer or device knows how much money we could afford to splurge on fashion, our budget, what we currently have hung up in our wardrobes and our sizes. Now imagine if it could tell you what is trending on the runways and what upcoming events you have in your online calendar to advise you on what you should buy or wear next. Slightly mind-blown by technologies ability to shape our lives?
Now many brands are now adopting this approach to drive more sales and improve the customers’ shopping experience. This will change the dynamics of fashion and the user’s shopping experience, but over time will it suit everyone, or will it constrain creativity?
Some of us may like the recommendations, such as the fact that an artificial intelligence device could effectively identify what styles and prints suit us. Other consumers may dislike the idea of a computer having this much power over the human mind and being able to influence our decisions in such a huge way and we wouldn’t be able to make fashion decisions or fashion faux pas of our own accord.
Recently, Amazon’s Echo Look was launched in the USA as a style assistant camera which captures your current outfit using only hands-free voice instructions. If you want style advice without trawling through pages upon pages on various fashion websites, then this app could be your saving grace.
You simply need to capture and upload your daily outfits to the Amazon Echo Look app, put them into relevant sub-sections and receive quick style advice. The Style Check aspect of this app will analyse two different types of looks and provide you with two options of what suits you best. Amazon have declared that this is done through a combination of using machine algorithms as well as human fashion experts.
We use fashion as a means of art, expression of cultural freedom and a way to communicate with others, could an artificial intelligence device really capture those emotions, and do we really want it to?
Could portable devices be the way forward, as opposed to textbooks?
The Itaka School in the Spanish city of Seville is just one of many educational institutions which are now embracing technology to support their lessons.
Students are learning how to use and access cloud-based documents on devices such as iPads to work on school projects in the classroom and at home.
This initiative has been recently rolled out to help students feel more connected to their school tasks instead of just reading books and relaying that information directly back into assignments. It is teaching children about specific topics as well as how to interact with and best utilise digital technology for learning, which will help them to eventually adapt into working life.
Part of the technological advancement at Itaka and hundreds of schools across Europe is to test a new online self-reflection tool called SELFIE.
This tool gathers the views of the students and teachers and then transfers this into a personalised report that outlines the school’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to integrating technology for the purpose of education. The SELFIE tool will report on the types of devices which are used, how those devices are supporting communication and how useful technology is for students.
The SELFIE tool can be customised for each school’s needs, therefore, optional questions can be simply added to give a more accurate and detailed report for each particular school. This tool has been designed so that schools can reflect on what is working and what’s not. It’s not about comparing one school to another, rather how every school can continue to keep up to date with key technological advancements and embed technologies into the curriculum.
Interested in embedding the SELFIE tool at your school?
School, despite being a place where all students go to better their education, can be incredibly difficult for some to learn using current methods that schools practice. The problem is that teachers spend countless hours on content planning and ensuring they are meeting the criteria rather than focusing on making their material engaging through technology, particularly for those students who are experiencing mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression and conduct disorders. Poor mental health in childhood is associated with a number of negative outcomes in later life, including poorer educational attainment and employment prospects. (source).
What is Social and Emotional Learning?
“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” (source)
The introduction of SEL would not only aid those already affected by mental health issues but would help to prevent these problems in those students who aren’t currently affected by these issues.
How do emotions affect school performance?
Our education, work and even social life is hugely affected by our emotion at that time. When students are affected by mental health issues outside of school, this will more than likely affect their school life in the same way that issues inside of the school would. Understanding these emotions and handling them can be difficult however a study in 2001 categorised these emotions into eight different segments.
During Robert Plutchik’s research in 2001, he identified eight base emotions that humans feel when different environments affect our mood. These feelings then span into slightly different variations of the same emotion e.g. the difference between vigilance and interest.
The eight base emotions consist of:
Fear: The message is that something needs to change.
Anger: The message is to fight against problems.
Joy: The message is to remind us what is important.
Sadness: The message is to connect us with those we love.
Acceptance: The message is to open our hearts.
Disgust: The message is reject what is unhealthy.
Anticipation: The message is to look forward and plan.
Surprise: The message is to focus on new situations. (source)
How can technological advancements help students with SEL?
In this generation it is almost impossible to escape the vast range of technology available to children, students and even adults. Being healthy and academic isn’t enough for parents as they want their children to be happy, enjoy school and make friends. When students have problems socialising, technology can often assist in engaging them and encouraging them to build relationships with peers which then helps with situations that arise in later life.
If used correctly mobile devices can not only support student learning but also prepare them for their future careers. All of what we teach our children at a younger age then builds the foundations of our adult selves and helps us to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to manage emotions and stress when working in later life.
There is no one way to teach children, in fact, there are eight different learning styles and all of these can be managed through technology which is what makes EdTech such a brilliant resource. With the use of apps, video content and educational games we have already seen and will continue to see an increase in student’s productivity. A study in 2016 showed the drastic increase in engaged learning, learning more deeply and more collaboration since iPads were implemented into the classroom. (source)
What needs to change?
Regular staff training on the importance of SEL
Introduce technology into the classroom and increase use of apps, video content and educational games
Empower students to take charge of their own social and emotional learning
Teach protocols and procedures for handling challenging social situations
Constantly revisiting your incorporation tactics to find new, creative ways to integrate
Effectively communicate the value of SEL to parents and other educators
Continue to develop your own social and emotional intelligence
Technological advancements are saving lives, avoiding mistakes and improving patient experiences during their time in recovery. In the last 10 years the impact of technology on medical processes has been astronomical and in 2013 a study was conducted in Michigan that showed the “use of electronic health records has reduced the costs of outpatient care by roughly 3% compares to relying on traditional paper records” (source). Moving forward to May 2018, the introduction of GDPR has had a significant impact on businesses and the storage of their data, but how has this affected the healthcare industry?
With hospitals storing both a patient’s personal information and their sensitive data, GDPR governs how this data is stored, whether this data is accurate and if the data can be easily erased. Technology is fast becoming the way to store and remove multiple documents easily and the use of paper is almost defunct. This is due to the lack of security and accessibility around paper documents and the strict guidelines that surround storing data.
Using Technology for Automation in Healthcare
Automation is a huge benefit of technology and is beginning to save the healthcare industry millions of pounds and alleviate a lot of stress on the healthcare sector. “Computer terminals and iPads are already replacing the front office staff, where patients are checking in and out the doctor’s office. And that’s just the beginning. Next will come the robots that will replace back office staff in directing patients to different offices, where machines will perform tests and dispense test results like ticket machines. (source)”
The robot stage isn’t quite where we are today, however with the use of iPads, patients can order their weekly required food online and have it delivered to their beds directly from the hospital kitchen. This then monitors stock, food availability and reduces food waste as these meals are ordered for the patient in advance. “One of the biggest hospitals in the UK have successfully reduced food waste from 12% to below 5% by using iPads to take orders on wards. All patients now get a choice when it comes to meal times and food stock can be held for an extra week without increasing wastage” (source).
An article released today by Healthcare Global states that Google are looking to utilise AI to further overhaul the GP-patient relationship. Google are looking to implement automatic speech recognition software which will transcribe medical conversations and store them into the patient’s online data bank.
We had a great time at the BETT show, it was great to catch up with a few familiar faces and meet a wealth of new ones looking to improve device management in their classrooms. It was clear that classroom devices were changing, most schools were moving away from full-size bulky laptops in favour of tablets, Chromebooks and mini-devices.
Check out our Marketing Manager, Emily, discussing our product range at BETT 2018
We hope you had a great show, if you didn’t manage to stop by our stand or still have questions please don’t hesitate to Get In Touch.
You can also download our FREE eBook guide to mobile device strategy in the classroom here.
We’re kicking the year off with one of the most prestigious exhibitions in education technology. With over 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech startups and over 34,000 attendees from across 131 countries, BETT really is the place to be for anyone working in education!
Since our first exhibition way back in 2008 we’ve seen huge growth, we now have LapCabby units in more than 50 countries across the globe.
Our unrivalled service and support and our commitment to developing high quality, feature-rich products means we’re trusted by thousands of customers in the education sector. LapCabbys unique safety features and strenuous safety testing make us one of the safest and most reliable solutions on the market. We know that classrooms can be harsh environments for technology, that’s why we ensure our units are built from high-grade materials on a solid, fully welded frame – keeping your devices free from damage and protecting cables from ever getting lost or damaged. We’re so confident in what we do that we offer a lifetime product warranty and 5-year electrical warranty (try finding that anywhere else!).
Our customers speak for themselves…
“Education technology is becoming a fundamental part of learning, it’s crucial that all students have access to the most effective and appropriate tools to enable them to achieve best results. Lyte from LapCabby has been the perfect way for us to protect our investment in the school. Their customer service has been faultless and the quality of the product demonstrates tight quality control and extensive research prior to development.” – IT Technician, Rydal Academy.
“The GoCabby has been an excellent solution for our program needs. Its durable design provides a safe and secure location for multiple tablets and other devices. The ability to charge all devices in one easy to use case saves time and money.” – Utah State University
“Best thing we have ever bought for our IT systems.” – Compass Learning Centre
“Great Product. After sales care was excellent.” – Pontarddulais Primary
Let’s take a broad look at paperless environments. Whether you’re in healthcare, retail, hospitality or education, there are a few common benefits of a paperless. Paperless generally aims to make things more efficient, is cost-effective and speeds up the sending and receiving of information.
Across all these industries paperless is a hot topic, we’re seeing electronic patient records, digital classrooms, in-store technology etc. We’re also seeing a wealth of different devices, from simple tablets to custom built hand-held devices. There are also many kick-starter companies offering comprehensive software suites to make gliding into a paper-free paradise a walk in the park.
So then, why does your paperless environment suck?
It’s a software issue
So, you’ve invested a huge amount in a software package with more frills and sparkles than even the most Disney of Disney films. It does everything bar make the coffee and you think it’s great!
However, in a real-world environment, it’s not working. You probably didn’t trial it with your customer facing/frontline staff and didn’t take the time to understand their needs. They get frustrated by software parameters that hinder them and now they think you’re out of touch.
Getting the software right is key, don’t rush. Understand your customers journey and how your employees interact with them. Digital won’t replace humanity, it should enhance it. Therefore, getting the relationship between the two right is crucial.
You’re too afraid to commit
This can be a hard one to get around. You’re worried about making the switch, especially across all areas of your organisation. You’ve implemented digital technology in the ‘front-end’ of your business but you can’t let go of paper when it comes to the ‘back-end’ operational stuff.
While you still have functions relying on paper your digital revolution will suffer. A fragmented approach to paperless means the overall benefits of making the switch will be compromised. You’ll get ‘some’ improvement in the speed information can be accessed and ‘some’ improvement of getting accurate information to your customer, and in ‘some’ ways you’ll make the customer journey a smoother and more personalised experience – but you’ll be miles away from full potential.
Your employees aren’t empowered
It’s been said a million times, get the training right in the initial stages and the rest will follow. Making sure your employees feel confident and comfortable when it comes to using new technology is vital. You also need to make sure your devices are adequate and fit for purpose. If customer facing employees are let down by slow and temperamental devices they’ll quickly lose faith in your digital revolution.
There’s also the basics to consider, do you have enough devices? Are they easily accessed? Are they charged and connected?
Your paper worked (so punny…). People where happy, the cogs were turning. Now you’ve made the switch everyone is sceptical and they think you’re a fool for trying to fix what isn’t broken. You can avoid this easily – just communicate. Keep your employees in the know, be transparent.
Not only will your employees see the benefits way before implementation, but they’ll point out the flaws you might not have noticed. They’ll give the most valuable feedback in initial meetings and will become digital ambassadors if you convince them early on.
Start from the beginning
Never test the depth of water with both feet. Do your research before implementing paperless technology. Establish the key benefits for your customers, your business and your employees. Communicate, communicate and communicate – make sure all employees understand why you’ve decided to kick-start your own digital revolution, get them behind the cause and empower them to do great paperless things.
We can help with getting some of the fundamentals in place. We specialise in effective device management and make keeping devices centrally stored, up to date and charged easy.
We’ve touched on the benefits of Electronic Patient Records (EPR) recently; more effective patient care, safer practice through more accurate and timely information and reduced operational costs are just a few.
EPR is a huge next step for the healthcare industry, it has the potential to revolutionise the way we deliver care. As the number of patients in hospitals increases so too does the paperwork that comes with each one. Relying on traditional methods of recording and storing patient information is expensive. There’s an elevated risk of losing data and obtaining accurate information can be a strenuous process.
That doesn’t mean EPR is all plain sailing though. Getting the basics right is fundamental to the long-term success of this new system. We don’t need to complicate things. The biggest hurdles will be flat batteries, lost or damaged devices and missing or damaged cables. It’s easy to take for granted, but if your device runs flat mid-way through treatment you’ll need to go straight back to paper – adding time, cost and completely voiding any benefits from your EPR investment.
Key factors to consider for…
Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries found in almost all modern devices. They’re long lasting, fast charging and reliable. They’re also compact and lightweight, making them the perfect option for handheld technology. To protect them and increase their lifespan you should aim to keep them at room temperature and avoid overheating.
It’s also essential to ensure the device is getting the right amount of power. There is a huge volume of low-cost charging cables and power banks on the market today. Many of which are not designed to deliver the correct amount of power to your device. Using a cable that is designed for your device will help solve this – but when charging multiple USB devices simultaneously across a large site this can be difficult. Intelligent USB charging units help avoid this problem by automatically detecting which device is plugged in and delivering only the appropriate power.
Following on from low-cost cables, replacing lost and damaged chargers can be expensive and inconvenient, especially if buying cables designed for your device. If cables frequently go missing it becomes impossible to keep all devices charged. Investing in a product to keep chargers secure will have a surprising impact on the amount spent replacing them. Cable management clips prevent damage or snapping and concealed power compartments mean cables can’t be removed.
Taking care of devices themselves can be difficult. They’re exposed to harsh environments and in busy healthcare organisations are prone to drops and bangs. Ruggedized cases are an effective way to help prevent damage – but it’s when devices are not in use that most damage, loss or theft is likely. Devices should be stored centrally and be easily accessed only by the authorised personnel. It sounds trivial, but if during the midst of chaos, you are unable to quickly located EPR devices, the entire system will fall apart.
Device management solutions will be essential to the long-term success of EPR. By investing in a solution in the initial stages of implementation, healthcare professionals can avoid a multitude of problems further down the line. LapCabby has invested heavily in research and development to create solutions tailored to healthcare, meeting the complex needs of this environment to drastically improve the lifespan of your devices.
We use high-quality materials to build charging and storing cabinets that utilise clever device management systems and intelligent charging. Our units are already meeting the needs of many healthcare organisations across the UK, see who we work with here.
Retail technology is becoming more and more common. Burberry has seen enormous success with in store iPads since introducing them in 2014. Stores like Argos have also created a better in store experience by bringing digital technology to the brick and mortar environment. Customers can view products quickly and easily on screen, check reviews, stock levels and order for home delivery.
Despite success across some of the big high street brands, we are still seeing a slow uptake of in store technology in retail. So, in case you’re still wondering how tablets can help improve your retail environment, here are 8 reasons to adopt:
We all know that physical retail space is expensive, incredibly expensive. A fundamental advantage of online retail is that overheads are much lower than high streets shops. With iPads in store, you can reduce the amount of stock you hold to help save on space and avoid stocking bigger items altogether. Customers can still view the products on the tablets and even see them in context to get a better idea of how it will work for them.
Check out these images against the standard, white background stock image:
It’s visual merchandising without the need for excessive floor space or high maintenance.
Similar to digital display, store associates can demonstrate products through videos on tablet devices. They can show how the product functions, highlight the key USPs and show different variations available where possible. Some online retailers have reported that customers are 144% more likely to purchase if they can see a product video – so it’s fair to say videos are worth their salt.
To help make the sale, associates can also show real customer reviews and rating of a product and compare it to others on the market. This is all research the customer is likely to do themselves, but keeping them in store to do it helps make the buyer journey much quicker and will significantly increase the likelihood of them making a purchase.
Cheap to install
It’s just a tablet. You don’t need a bulky kiosk or POS, the footprint for this piece of kit is literally the size of your own footprint! The tablet is completely mobile too, so you can meet your customer wherever they are in the store and show them information that is relevant to what they’re looking at. Software upgrades are either free or at a very low cost (depending on your provider) and there are multiple options (from budget to high-end) when it comes to compatible devices like receipt printers, extra displays etc.
Encourage paperless retailing
Carrying on with the budget theme; electronic receipts are much cheaper and easier to manage than paper. You can take the customers email address and have a receipt sent straight to them. Not only does this make the receipt easier to find if something goes wrong but gives you the chance to capture customer information for marketing and loyalty programs.
Many retailers already use Point-of-Purchase marketing, but they tend to do it badly. Showcasing a completely irrelevant product. With tablets, associates can highlight relevant add-ons, accessories or complimentary products that will not only increase sales but improve the customer experience.
Effective sales associates
This is apparent in most of the benefits listed here but deserves its own heading. When equipped with all the information they could possibly need about the product; variations, delivery options, installation options, bespoke options etc. effective selling because much easier. No longer do customers need to be passed from pillar to post to find the most knowledgeable associate – all their questions can be answered by one person.
Consistency is key
Not only do associates become more effective, but they are more consistent. All associates throughout the store will be working with the same information and software. Therefore, delivering consistently good service will become much easier; training can focus on the core values of the business instead of individual products. For luxury retailers, this is a crucial benefit, time is better spent encouraging employees to communicate their brands personality and ethos as this is a fundamental part of the customer experience.
Take Payment Anywhere in the store.
So, we’ve saved space, but that’s not the only benefit of a mobile POS – taking payments at any point in the store will minimise queues and make the whole experience feel much more streamlined from the customers perspective. It’ll also improve the chance of the customer making the purchase. We expect everything to be quick and easy when it comes to purchasing goods or services. Constantly evolving consumer demands are one of the biggest struggles for high-street retailers. Traditionally it was much more difficult to adapt and respond to change, but as retail technology increases flexibility and agility in brick and mortar retail, traditional stores will become much more responsive.
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Electric Patient Records (EPR) aren’t new technology, the healthcare industry has long been aware of the benefits and availability of EPR. Initiatives were launched over a decade ago to start the introduction of EPR into the UK healthcare landscape.
So where are we now?
Let’s go back to 2007, a decade ago. The Government launched the National Programme for IT in a bid to start rolling the digital snowball that would revolutionise the NHS and leave us with an efficient, paperless environment. Healthcare professionals could in theory, get a centralised view of patient data, both current and historic, instantly.
This was set to be a huge step forward in utilising digital technology as it was intended; to make life easier. It meant less misdiagnosed patients, accurate medication in a timely manner and a better overall user experience. So, what went wrong?
After a £12bn investment from the NPfIT, a target of 155 EPR systems established was set for the end of 2007. The number achieved was just 16. Those who did receive new systems experienced crashes, complete malfunctioning or an inability to connect EPR with other systems, so where did they turn? Back to paper.
So, we were left with a huge step backwards. Not only did it cause damage to the organisations involved but it strengthened the view of ‘why fix what isn’t broken’ amongst many healthcare professionals. Paper isn’t efficient and does leave room for mistakes but it will never crash or malfunction. It got worse; in 2010, the Coalition Government decided to scrap all the EPR work they started and put individual NHS organisation in charge of their own EPR initiatives.
Focusing on more recent times, it’s not all doom and gloom. Here in the UK we were one of the fastest adopters of EPR. UK GP practices are the leaders in the digital healthcare boom, 95% of practices have some form of electronic records and are utilising digital technology successfully. The same can’t be said for hospitals just yet; In 2015, it was reported that just 50% of UK hospitals were using electronic records, this stat probably comes from small-scale operations.
The USA has seen better growth, despite a disappointing 16% adoption across hospitals in 2010 they quickly progressed to 76%. This was helped by a Government drive to change regulation in a way that would encourage digital adoption. We must bear in mind the UK NHS is probably feeling a little abandoned by the UK Government.Without the incentive, we won’t see a rush towards digital anytime soon.
Let’s not forget the recent cyber-attack on this year. The Telegraph described the NHS as ‘crippled’ by the ‘biggest ransomware’ offence in history. Naturally, this has left both NHS and public opinion towards a completely digital approach a little dented. It won’t be easy to restore public or professional opinion, uncertainty will linger for a long time to come.
Reports from the US have shown that for the UK to be successful moving forward engagement and training of staff need to be fundamental in digital deployment. Strong leaderships is also a crucial part of the transition. Leadership this is being introduced in the form of chief clinical information officers (CCIOs). CCIOs, wherever they are in the NHS need to have strong competencies in data analytics, management and health informatics. A much better level of autonomy must be established to encourage growth. High-level decisions need to be made accurately and quickly to avoid missed opportunities.
It is often overlooked in the development of any new process in healthcare is that digital platforms much be user centric. Once in place, the success of EPR will be dependent on how well front-line staff use it, or indeed if they are able to use it effectively. CCIOs need to work with the front line to create a system that works from the off, instead of patching up incoherent systems further down the line.
Overall, we’re on the right path but moving slowly. Everything started well but due to some sizeable setbacks, digital healthcare isn’t where it should be. The 2018 and 2020 predictions are looking unrealistic, but this doesn’t mean we can’t have made significant improvement by then.
If you’ve read any of the many articles circulating the web on the future of retail technology, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all retailer workers are doomed to be replaced by shiny robots, flashing lights and interactive, bacteria covered touchscreens.
Leading the way in ‘Omnichannel Readiness’ according to an RIS News report is (wait for it…) Apple and Nordstrom with 46% of votes. This is followed closely by Macy’s at 37.5% and then, most interestingly by Walmart with 33%. Walmart is notorious for low wages and low operational costs. With growing tech in their stores, it would be easy to think they might be moving toward a robotic workforce. Not according to their recent $1 billion investment in their labour force, including increased wages and better training, alongside more flexible working.
So, is retail technology really killing the brick and mortar store? Are we about to be immersed in spacious, lifeless and automated retail spaces?
Artificial intelligence won’t replace human interaction
We’ve seen a huge increase in the amount of automation in manufacturing. A factory in Dongguan City, China recently replaced 90% of its human workforce with robots and saw a 250% increase in efficiency and an 80% drop in defects.
This doesn’t translate so well instore though. When we talk about increasing efficiency instore we might consider wait times, the number of transactions processed in a set period and maybe inventory levels behind the scenes. With self-service and more POS kiosks wait times could be reduced, but customers will be less motivated to buy more, they’ll get frustrated if things go wrong (cue ‘suspicious item in bagging area’) and we’ll have missed any opportunity to capture data that allows for personalised relationships. 75% of customers are more likely to buy from a retailer who recognises them by name, recommends an option based on their interests or understands their buying habits.
We need people, real well trained and knowledgeable people. It’s these members of staff that give brick and mortar stores the edge over online. They offer expertise often formed from actual experience in an environment where potential customers can get hands-on with the product. It’s where smaller retailers with a lack of marketing power can compete and most importantly it is a huge opportunity to build loyalty and trust.
That doesn’t mean we don’t want tech
This doesn’t mean we’re dismissing retail technology. It would be foolish to dismiss the impact retail technology is having on the way we shop. 70% of retailers state technology won’t replace a human workforce but will revolutionise the way we buy.
Our perspective must be different. A harmonious relationship between digital and physical will need to be established to see true omnichannel success. Through the introduction of instore technology, retailers can not only build better relationships with customers but also reduce the amount of stock they hold (as products in less common sizes/colours/fabrics etc. can be ordered for home delivery), reduce wait times and provide staff with up to date product information.
The instore experience can be personalised as we are capturing meaningful customer data on their buying habits, behaviours and preferences. We can load their details from a unique identifier (email) and tailor the instore experience to suit them.
The mobile POS means retailers will have more floor space and less bulky tills. Queues will almost completely disappear as employee’s glide from shopper to shopper anywhere in the store!
Digital will only kill physical if we let it
If retailers don’t strike the balance right, digital will have a negative impact on physical retail. A totally digital selling platform (e-commerce essentially) will encourage manufacturers to sell directly to their customers. We’ll see less choice in who to purchase from and that means less competition, so there will be no more price wars. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) will have the ability to charge whatever they want and there is no need to compete on good service, quality or features. In the long-term consumers will suffer.
The same old shop, with a twist
Give customers the same touchy feely brick and mortar experience that makes the high street so brilliant but immerse it in digital glory. Learn their habits, whether it’s from data captured online or instore and make that information accessible to sales assistants at the point they greet the customer. Millennial shoppers are the biggest opportunity for personalisation, 52% of millennials surveyed said they even wanted brands to remember their birthdays!
Capitalise on the more meaningful upsell opportunities and provide a customer experience that’ll make your customers want to stick around. The customer needs to be the centre of any retailer’s activity. Those who provide a truly omnichannel customer experience, around their customers’ lifestyle and behaviour, will be the ones that reap the multiple benefits of multichannel retailing.
Education technology deployments require more than just new tech
The deployment of education technology is well underway. Since the implementation of laptops, netbooks and Chromebooks we’ve seen a huge push towards a more mobile-centric classroom. Teachers are reporting improved engagement with mobile devices and have seen momentous success in BYOD initiatives. The BBC report that 70% of primary and secondary schools across the UK now use tablets in the classroom.
Despite Teachers reporting a positive impact from introducing technology to their classroom, academic research continues to fall short of providing unmistakable evidence that technology is a primary contributor to academic improvement.
A holistic approach
When we think about classroom technology we think about tablets, laptops, mobiles and other hardware. We don’t think about teachers. Teachers need to be a core part of the implementation from the beginning. Better training programmes empowering them to make full use the technology.
Not only that, but the data gathered from technology used in the classroom can be incredibly valuable to academic progression and proving tailored student support, however, it isn’t. Why? Because teachers can only view historic reports, from past assessments and not the here and now.
Let teachers have access to insights and valuable academic assessment data in the moment, during the current class and they can provide valuable 1:1 support. When this happens, and data becomes more dynamic, we expect technology will have a much more significant (and quantifiable) impact in the classroom.
70% of five to fifteen-year-olds have access to a tablet computer at home. Homework, Lesson notes and extracurricular activity are monitored, assessed and collated easily. Students feel empowered as they are using mediums they are familiar with and have constant access to their work.
One key benefit to classroom technology is personalised learning and support. A mechanics course at the University of New South Wales found that adaptive learning technology reduced failure rates from 31% to just 7%.
Data gained from classroom activity provides insight into individual student needs and helps to form a framework that will offer support designed to have the best possible outcome for that student.
Through data gained from classroom activity a tailored framework is developed to meet the individual requirements of each student. What we are perhaps missing is technology that can adapt to individual learning, becoming more challenging as the student progresses, or providing meaningful insight as to why a student is stuck in a particular area.
Therefore it is crucial teachers are a fundamental part of the initial deployment. Teachers need to be the masters of the academic data gained from classroom tech, as we still wholeheartedly rely on them to provide the support that leads to the academic progression of our students.
If you listen to what teachers are saying today, it’s easy to draw a conclusion. When we focus on increasing the amount of technology (Hardware) in the classroom alone, the benefits are difficult to realise. However, with training, planning and appropriate data, the benefits are impossible to ignore. We need to focus on practice, policy, research and professional development of our teachers.
We’re really excited to have moved into a 96,000 sqft purpose built factory, it’s been a huge challenge but thanks to the incredible determination and hard work of our factory and logistics team – we’ve done it!
Having moved the furniture side of the business, Monarch, across to the new site earlier this year; this week our LapCabby units have moved to their shiny new home – In just 7 DAYS!!!
That’s 760 types of LapCabby, a total of 327,103 items into a 1500 pallet bay warehouse – again, in just 7 days!
We’re proud of our team for making the whole project run as smoothly as possible. Having our manufacturing facilities in the UK means we can further improve our quality control and lead times. We’ve invested heavily in research and development to improve our manufacturing processes and provide market leading products to meet the complex and dynamic requirements of our customers.
2017 is a huge year for LapCabby as we celebrate our 30th birthday! The recent move sets strong foundations for continued growth as we venture further into healthcare, retail and education. We’re continuing to invest in more efficient, cutting edge technology and broadening our horizons with product developments to meet the needs of whole new markets.
If you’re interested in hearing more about how we can help you secure, charge and sync your devices, or getting a great deal across a range of LapCabby products, get in touch!
We’ve been investing in research and development since the birth of LapCabby in 2002. Since then we’ve come a long way; in 2017 we moved into a 96,000 sqft purpose built factory and our manufacturing techniques are now at the top of their game. We’re so confident in our products that we offer a lifetime warranty across the entire range. Not only that, but we’ve extended our 2-year electrical component warranty to 5 years! You won’t find that kind of cover anywhere else.
Our long-established routes in the education market mean we’ve got durability down to a fine art. We understand that retail, healthcare and education environments aren’t always predictable and bumps, bangs and scrapes do happen – which is why we build our products to last, and if they don’t, we’ve got it covered.
See what our customers say…
“Like the Mercedes of carts!”
“We currently have the LapCabby Mini in place as a demonstration unit, which stores and charges specifically tablets. This cart has some really fantastic cable management which aids accessibility for the students.” – Systems Programmer, LAPL
“They have so many clever features, and they let you store different makes and models of hardware together – even those in cases. LapCabby charges the devices up and can sync them too. The carts have a separate compartment for the power supply. And they come in a choice of colours. LapCabbyprovided the solutions we needed. The kids love them, and I love them!”– Technology Specialist, Harry Stone Montessori Academy.
There’s no denying in-store technology in the retail sector has completely revolutionised the way consumers shop. Rapid changes in technology and a growing digitally savvy demographic has put tremendous pressure on retailers to adapt the way they interact with their customers, especially in-store.
Consumer confidence in eCommerce has reached its peak, shoppers are now less likely to visit brick and mortar stores. 92% of the UKs population are online, online retail makes up a 17% share of total retail and the top two online retailers in the UK have no physical stores (eBay and Amazon).
There’s no escaping the drawbacks multichannel retailers face; hugely increased operational costs, increased time to market with new products, higher levels of inventory and a higher wage bill are to name but a few.
This blog will look at some of the benefits of in in-store technology and how multichannel retailers can capitalise on its introduction.
Consumers want access to everything, all the time, no matter where they are and will shift loyalty frequently to ensure they are always getting what they want. Google research found that two out of three consumers do not find the information they need in-store and 43% leave frustrated as a result.
Smartphones are already helping to solve this problem, the relationship between digital and in-store exists but it relies on consumer initiative. 71% of shoppers said their mobile device is an important part of their instore experience, by introducing their own iPads retailers can take control of their experience.
Here’s where the omnichannel store assistant comes in, providing the resource for the customer to access required information instantly and effortlessly. Utilising a mobile device, the store assistant can compare products, check size availability, delivery times, product specifications etc. all without leaving the customer’s side.
Customer service is the key benefit. In a self-service environment, in-store tech such as iPads offer customers a place to view product videos and demos, make a payment, order additional sizes, engage with the brand online (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook check-in) as well as give crucial feedback in the form of short surveys.
Employees are empowered to better assist customers. Sales assistants can suggest and demonstrate alternative products and accessories; taking advantage of upselling opportunities. Rapport can be established and maintained as there is no need to pass the customer from pillar to post, the buying process is carried out from enquiry to purchase with the same representative.
Retail space is expensive, especially in areas of high footfall. This means that retailers need to maximise the number of products in their space without overcrowding the store and ruining the overall appearance. Using a handheld portable device instead of a static, bulky POS makes this much easier. Stores become clutter free, agile and more welcoming. Orders can also be placed in-store for home delivery, reducing the need to store excessive inventory.
Previous research carried out by Econsultancy showed that 94% of companies who had optimised their customer experience through digital technology saw higher engagement and conversion rates. 66% saw better brand perception and improved loyalty and 50% saw an increase in upselling, cross-selling and renewal.
Not exclusive to retail
Restaurant chain TGI Fridays have successfully implemented iPads across their restaurants to allow waiting staff to take orders quickly and accurately at the table, offering customers alternatives and extras to increase sales and improve the experience. The technology means staff always have the latest information to hand as devices are charged and synced daily.
Set the right foundations
Technology implementation requires heavy investment and therefore businesses need to achieve significant ROI, to do this there are a few factors to consider;
Staff training – equipping your staff with the latest tech to truly optimise the customer experience is a fantastic step towards the omnichannel evolution, but it is vitally important to ensure staff are comfortable and have the skills to get the full potential from the technology. With correct training and new equipment, staff will feel empowered and this will be obvious to the customer.
Solid infrastructure – Key to avoiding awkward moments, frustrated customers and total abandonment of the purchase is a reliable connection, software and database. It’d be disappointing to take the customer through an entire process to then be let down by poor WIFI at the point of purchase.
Effective device management – Make sure your devices are stored safely to protect them from theft and damage, charged and ready to go at the beginning of each day and synced to ensure the latest software and information is available on all units. Investing in effective device management not only helps to form a reliable and seamless service but will increase the longevity of your investments.
The digital revolution is well underway and the innovative new technologies utilised by start-ups have completely transformed business operations. However, there is still a significant number of SMEs and larger corporations that are completely reliant on paper. 41% of businesses agree that moving to digital would cut operational costs significantly. However, the heavy initial investment and potential skills gap is presenting a tough hurdle for many organisations.
According to a 2016 study by Xerox, 55% of businesses across West Europe and North America are still completely reliant on paper. A similar study found that 70% of these businesses admit that they would fail within just three weeks should key documents go missing. With all this in mind, we look at the key benefits of going digital.
Why risk it?
Words like ‘audit’, ‘security breach’ and ‘compromised data’ are enough to raise the hairs on any businesses neck. Physical documents pose a multitude of problems when it comes to security, there is a huge reduction in the level of control the business has over them. Paper documents can be scanned, shared and viewed indefinitely by anyone at all.
Research by AIIM reported that up to 50% of businesses surveyed were unsure whether they had ever suffered a security breach due to a complete lack of visibility. Moreover, 31% stated they had encountered poor record keeping to the extent that it would negatively impact regulation checks and audits.
Going digital provides a centralised view of all documents. Access can be controlled, allowing only the necessary and authorised employees to view confidential data. Clear trails can be established to monitor the progression and movement of key information and backups are easily created to avoid the heart-stopping loss of key business information.
Smarter, Faster, Stronger
Productivity is a key priority on any businesses agenda, to get the most from their employees a business should endeavour to establish streamlined processes, efficient operations and transparency. Utilising digital document management reduces the amount of time spent looking for required information dramatically.
Digitally stored data is easier to find and the quality of data collected is improved; through digital templates and pre-agreed parameters companies can maintain consistent data standards universally. Lengthy approval processes and over complicated workflows are also a thing of the past, digital signatures make authorisation and communication much more efficient. The ability to access documents anywhere at any time through a centralised digital solution will reduce the risk of missed deadlines when employees need to work remotely.
Cutting the cost
The reason behind most business activity is to protect and improve profitability; going digital also has a compelling impact on a company’s operational costs. US research from The EPA found that companies choosing to go digital could save as much as $80 per employee in printing resources and the efficiencies that come with streamlining manual processes. For a business of 400 employees this is a massive saving of $32,000 per year!
Small businesses can benefit too. For smaller, less established businesses the transition to digital is likely to be much easier as there is less physical documentation to convert. This could mean the ROI is visible much sooner. Digitalisation will make the business considerably more agile and responsive, where competition is fierce the need to respond quickly and accurately to customer enquiries, competitor activity and market demand is essential – this is made much easier with visibility and strict organisation.
Going green – Not to be barked at!
Although this could quite easily be tied into an organisations profitability, reducing carbon footprint often comes with more benefits than just lower operational costs. Corporate social responsibility is a hot topic globally and is only set to get hotter. Recent data in the US showed that the average employee uses a staggering 10,000 sheets of paper a year, the equivalent of a 100ft fir tree!
In many cases, a company’s activity surrounding CSR has become an integral part of a prospects decision-making process. For those in B2B, many businesses with strong CSR values will actively seek out equally responsible organisations to purchase from.
Digital revolution requires effective physical device management solutions
As part of the digital revolution, businesses will be investing heavily in the devices that enable the process. The increasing number of physical devices in the workplace such as laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and other media devices means it has become necessary to implement effective physical device management solutions, protecting the longevity of the initial investment.
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And so spring has sprung! And this year, now the better weather has arrived, we’re going to be at the leading event for the retail industry. In May, meet LapCabby at RBTE 2017!
Are you attending the show? Whether you’re going as an exhibitor or visitor we’d love to see you there!
Olympia, London, 25th – 28th January 2017
Find us on Stand 75 next to the Speaker’s Lounge
Mark Jeffries, Programme Delivery Manager at TGI Friday’s, told us
‘Having worked with LapCabby they quickly identified and assisted with proposing charging solutions for our point of sale tablets used within restaurants throughout the UK. The (Boost +) intelligent charging unit met the criteria that we required, and further to extensive testing it was decided that the Boost+ was fit for purpose. We have subsequently implemented the Boost+ in to bespoke wall mounted cabinets.’
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No we don’t mean welcoming in 2017 and New Year’s resolutions, but now that hoo-hah has been and gone it’s the real biggie around the corner – the 2017 BETT Show – and we’re already excited and raring to go!
Are you attending the show? Whether you’re going as an exhibitor or visitor we’d love to see you there!
ExCEl London, 25th – 28th January 2017
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Mobile technology in the classroom is now a reality, and if your school hasn’t yet implemented a mobile device learning policy, now’s the time. Schools across the globe are embracing ‘Bring Your Own Device’ or BYOD to harness the benefits the connected classroom offers. BYOD entails the use of multiple devices, ranging from smartphones, laptops, iPads and tablets that are then brought from home to school, and connected to the school’s wireless network. As BYOD in education becomes more widespread, we’ll explore the benefits and challenges associated with the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) strategy:
There are several advantages to implementing a BYOD strategy into your classrooms.
Since today’s learners are already using mobile devices outside of the classroom, incorporating the very devices that they’re able to use and eradicates the need to train learners to use a different device or operating system. Importantly, it gives them a sense of ownership and autonomy. What’s more, because learners are already familiar with the device in question, they are more likely to engage with learning material if they can do so on the device of their choosing. When integrated with the necessary infrastructure and a clear mobile device use policy, students and teachers benefit from an increase in both productivity and efficiency, says this article from NEN – The Education Network. BYOD in education has given rise to the “flipped classroom”, reports NEN which is defined by Wikipedia as: “any use of technology to leverage the learning in a classroom, so a teacher can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing”. Notably, making use of BYOD in education – as opposed to the 1:1 mobile device strategy – is financially appealing to schools who’re already working with limited budgets. As the onus to pay for the device falls on the parents or students, there’s no hefty initial investment required.
On the flipside of the coin, there are several challenges associated with incorporating BYOD in education.
While BYOD requires no once-off financial investment in hundreds of devices, it does call for the installation of infrastructure and IT resources that can support multiple devices running on multiple operating systems simultaneously. This requires time, a dedicated budget, and a team of IT professionals who’re willing to spend time with teachers and students as they grapple with multiple issues on multiple devices. Perhaps one of the most frustrating challenges brought about by BYOD in education is the fact that teachers are the first point of call when devices play up or fail to work. Uncharged laptops or tablets that won’t sync can hinder or delay a teaching schedule – not to mention frustrate already-frazzled educators. In addition, ensuring that students aren’t exposed to unsuitable or potentially harmful content and interactions during school hours calls for a robust mobile device usage policy. While utilising BYOD in education has many benefits, the real-life ramifications of managing, storing and syncing multiple devices can become an added burden if schools are insufficiently equipped.
As Tim Panagos, from app-creation company Point.io, writing for Wired.com posits: “Today it would be unthinkable not to teach children how to read and to write… By the end of the decade, it will be considered just as unthinkable to deprive children of their computational tools for the very same reasoning as we apply to writing…”. Effectively deploying BYOD in education then, is a necessity.
Over the course of the last few blogs we’ve talked about the big move towards a paperless and more digitised NHS. We’ve touched upon the benefits healthcare technology would bring to everyone in the healthcare value chain – patients, doctors, nurses, admin staff – as well as the challenges that stand in the way of healthcare technology being adopted on a national scale. All these developments point to an incredibly exciting new phase for the health service, filled with the possibility of better service delivery and innovation. In this blog, I’m going to focus more on what the future of healthcare technology holds and how the physical management of devices is key to its success.
Signs of digital adoption are evident in NHS Trusts all over the country
The previous two blogs about NHS iPads and a paperless NHS cite several examples of hospitals and health centres that are already using mobile devices to help clinicians deliver better healthcare. A significant budget (£1.8 billion) has also been allocated to help create a paper-free NHS – a sign that the government is adamant about digitising our health service. In volume 16.3 of magazine Health Business, an article about mobile health (mHealth) goes on to discuss what’s already being done in the sphere of mHealth and its possible applications in the future. South Tyneside NHS Trust aims to be completely digital by 2020, and have been encouraging staff to adopt a more mobile mindset towards how they work. And further south, North Middlesex NHS Trust wants to become fully digital by 2017 and have already started feeding over a million paper documents into its online portal.
Are mobile phones the most important piece of medical equipment we have?
mHealth is also being pioneered by the NHS-approved Babylon Health – a mobile app which allows subscribers to access medical advice and doctors within minutes via messenger or video chat. What’s more, doctors can send prescriptions to a patient’s nearest pharmacy through the app, according to this BBC News report. Babylon Health’s founder, Ali Parsa, even goes so far as to say that he believes that the mobile phone “might be the most important piece of medical equipment we have.”
Wearable technology can help doctors monitor patients remotely, and helps patients take charge of their health
The next big thing is wearable technology – and it’s already being tested at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. 25 heart failure patients were given “scales, a blood pressure cuff, and a portable oxygen measurer” that syncs with a smartphone and sends the data to nurses at the hospital. Not only are clinicians able to monitor patients remotely, but patients have a means of witnessing how their lifestyle impacts their health, in real time.
Portable diagnostics and wearable tech is the next step in the NHS’ digital evolution
Diabetes is another condition which can be monitored remotely, saving the NHS millions in the process. 10% of the NHS’ budget is spent on diabetes care, but if patients can input blood sugar levels and other vital signs into a smartphone – rather than having to make regular GP or hospital visits – and have healthcare staff monitor them from afar, the NHS can potentially save a lot of money. Fast forward ten years, and portable diagnostics and implantable smart objects might well be the next phase in the NHS’ digital evolution.
For this digital dream to happen, excellent physical device management needs to be a priority
The days of clipboards hanging at the end of a patient’s bed might soon be a thing of a past – along with trying to decipher doctors’ handwriting! Mobile devices and other forms of digital health innovation can facilitate the ease and speed at which critical patient data can be accessed, as well as narrow the communication gap between patients and clinicians – the benefits that it will bring to delivering healthcare hardly needs explaining. However, the spanner in the works of making digital health possible is poor physical device management. Without adequate device storage, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices risk being stolen, lost and damaged – a financial burden, as well as an obstruction to delivering healthcare.
Every healthcare setting needs its own bespoke device storage strategy
A bespoke physical device management strategy is required for every healthcare location that uses mobile devices in the context of healthcare technology. And now is the perfect time to introduce such a strategy: while digital health is in its relative infancy. In some cases the mobile device storage unit will need to be easily transportable from one end of a hospital to another; in another, it needs to charge and sync its devices; in others it may need to house different types of mobile devices.
LapCabby understands that in healthcare there is never a one-size-fits-all-solution for technology.
To find out more about the key considerations surrounding mobile device management in an NHS context, download our guide:
With 73 locations across Los Angeles, serving thousands of citizens, Los Angeles Public Libraries provide desktop computers, Chromebooks, Lenovo laptops and iPad tablets to support afterschool schemes for the community.
So, it’s safe to say there’s a ton of tech! But for this to benefit the afterschool scheme it requires somewhere safe to be stored, a reliable charge and most importantly easy access when needed!
With not just an increase in footfall to the afterschool scheme, but a diverse mix of students and children attending to complete a variety of projects and homework. Alex appreciates the importance of access to devices enabling research via the vast range of online resources on the Library Systems.
Programmer at LAPL, Alex Mui, discussed the afterschool scheme telling us, “We plan next year to roll out to eleven more branches, primarily the focus is to support underprivileged children who may not have the devices at home.” Read the full case study here.
When choosing the latest solution to support mobile learning at LAPL, Alex had to pose a key question to decipher exactly what they needed: How can we simplify access to educational resource through mobile technology?
LapCabby made the cut!
Power Management is key when delivering multiple devices, across numerous user groups to ensure that devices are powered up and ready to use when required! Alex honed in on this nicely, stating LapCabby delivered, “great power management features that other carts do not have, we utilize the timers which allow us to easily save the schedules and simply let it run.”
“I really like the sliding drawers which you can pull out to easily remove and replace devices from the cart”, Alex told us when asked about the ease of device access on their LapCabby 20V.
“LapCabby is like the Mercedes of carts!”
Alex Mui, Systems Programmer, Los Angeles Public Library
Discover exactly how LapCabby solutions support the unique afterschool scheme to support local students and communities in the full Case Study below!
As technology – and the opportunities it affords educators – continues to permeate the classroom, educational institutions are faced with a number of challenges. One of these is having to manage multiple types of devices. As classrooms (and teachers) are flooded with a range of mobile devices including smartphones, laptops, iPads, tablets and Chromebooks, balancing the benefits and challenges of mobile technology in the classroom requires a thoroughly informed approach.
The precedent for the use of mobile technology in the classroom is being set by early adopters, the US and Canada
Dubbed ‘educational tech’, US schools have been implementing digital aids into their curricula for several years. The Career and Technical Education Academy in Hutchinson, Kansas has even gone as far as “hiring” another teacher – in the form of a programmable robot named Nao. The Huffington Post reports: “students can program the robot to do whatever they’d like, an asset [that] will look great on résumés and will serve as an early introduction to advanced engineering before the kids head to college.” As far as device preference is concerned, the US and Canada favour Chromebooks, accounting for 51% of devices in US classroom (that’s a massive 85% market share) and 41% in Canadian classrooms. This, compared to the just 9% in the UK.
In the UK, the use of mobile technology in the classroom is becoming more and more prevalent
And our preferred mobile devices are tablets. In a study conducted by Tablets for Schools (TfS), 68% of primary schools, and 69% of secondary schools ‘have adopted the devices “to some degree”’, reports this article from Impero Software. It’s projected that over 900,000 tablets will be used in schools by the end of the year. As far as brand preference is concerned, Apple comes out tops, making up 41% and 35% of primary and secondary school use respectively. Android devices are slowly catching up, used in 26% and 34% respectively. That said, Apple products may fall out of favour, due to the fact that funding remains a colossal obstacle. It’s unclear as to why UK schools favour the pricey iPad over Google’s cheaper – yet many would argue just as capable – Chromebook, but as mobile technology in the classroom becomes commonplace, it’s a safe bet to say that Google’s answer to the iPad will grow in popularity, echoing our US-based peers.
Regardless of the types of mobile devices your school and students choose to use, making the most of mobile technology in the classroom relies not on the brand of tablet or laptop, but on the policies and processes that are implemented
As the use of mobile technology in the classroom gains momentum on British soil, schools will need to implement end-to-end mobile device management strategies if they want to benefit from the use of mobile technology in the classroom. In order to safeguard against loss, theft or abuse of mobile technology in the classroom (as well as to allay the fears of parents), drawing up an exhaustive mobile device policy, as well as investing in the necessary infrastructure is crucial to successfully integrating multiple and varied devices into the curriculum. Besides a robust and secure internet connection, adequate bandwidth and an efficient IT department, you need to be able to provide your students with a means to properly store, sync and charge their devices.
For more information on adopting mobile technology in the classroom, download our eBook: “Mobile Device Strategy in Education: Supporting Student Learning” here.
Or get our 7 top tips for managing mobile devices in the classroom here.
From their long battery life, to built-in security and no set up time – there’s a lot to set Chromebooks apart from other laptops. And when it comes to delivering future proofed storage, charging and syncing there’s a lot to set LapCabby apart!
Easily identify solutions to support your Chromebook deployment, no matter the number or size of devices in your workspace or classroom, there is a LapCabby to store, charge, sync and transport your Chromebook devices.
Chances are, you already use an arsenal of apps to make your life easier. You might check in at swanky bars on Facebook; access train timetables and buy tickets using TheTrainLine. Today, our smartphones can tell us how many steps we’ve completed in a day and remind us to do something at a certain time and location. Some phones (like the Samsung S6) can monitor and record a pulse. Technology has integrated almost seamlessly with our lives – so why can’t it do just the same in the context of a paperless NHS? We’re going to take a look at how our health service is moving towards a paperless NHS, what the challenges are, and why device management is key in all this.
The drive towards making the NHS paperless is already in motion, and hopes to be completed by 2020
Digital technology, a branch of the NHS “responsible for realising the digital information needs of the NHS” want a paperless NHS by 2020. Earlier this year, the BBC reported that £4 billion has been put aside for digitising the health service. A paperless NHS would not only help patients receive better care, but aid doctors in making faster diagnoses. As summarised in the BBC’s article, £1.8bn of the £4 billion is to be allocated to create a “paper-free NHS and remove outdated technology like fax machines”. The rest will be spent on cyber security, digitising social and emergency care, building a new NHS.uk website and providing free wifi. (more…)
Leverage technology to boost IT skills development
“The UK is currently in the grip of an IT skills crisis with an estimated 12.6 million lacking even the most basic digital skills,” Chris Neath, the Head of New Product Development at LapCabby told Information Age. With this ongoing issue reaching constant new heights, we need to assess how to develop advanced technology talent. Chris discussed the drop in IT skills across the UK, and identified approaches available to bridge this skills gap.
Chris highlights the criticality of the situation, “According to the EU Commission, by 2020 Europe will have a shortfall of 900,000 much needed IT professionals.
In the UK, it’s a time of turbulent change, both politically and economically and fostering home grown talent will be even more important than before.
We’re already seeing some companies take a radical approach, hiring IT talent with less than 100% of the skills needed for the job, and giving them intensive online learning to bring them up to speed.”
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Retain and foster talent
As Chris highlighted, the development does not only lie with entry level talent, but that existing talent must be engaged to prevent being lost to the competition. Chris explained, “This is essential for innovation – and skills are kept alive and fresh when disruptive technologies are embraced and new tools and different ways of working are tried out.”
Loosen the reins
By empowering staff with opportunities for self-directed learning, Chris noted the power of building a culture of trust, “grant access to learning tools that will give the power to your team to learn exactly what they want. This will bring new skills to the team that you didn’t even know were needed.”
Keep a radar on Emerging Technologies
Identifying the skills gaps and training needed within your team will come through delivering a ‘healthier learning culture’. A key step in creating this culture can be to encourage the understanding of emerging technologies relevant to your business, as Chris states, “map your team’s skills to their proficiency in these tech areas”.
By developing a community feeling, the team has the freedom to identify what works for them and learn from each other. And by integrating a social aspect, through hackathons or forums for instance, communication remains open and receptive. As Chris states, “Social learning is a great way to encourage dialogue and also a way to encourage your teams to reinforce their new knowledge.”
Build a culture of continuous learning
As skills, technologies and processes develop so quickly, IT teams’ skills must have the ability to adapt just as quickly. Which Chris nicely summarises, “By creating a culture of continuous learning, you’re helping to future proof your IT teams.
Equally, employees will be able to solve more problems for the business, supercharge their own professional development and even change the IT industry. The possibilities are limitless.”
To enable your team to utilise and effectively manage your device deployment download our useful guide.
Apple products might be synonymous with trendy creative types – graphic designers, budding novelists and bloggers – but they’re now being used in a completely different setting: the NHS. Portable devices like tablets and smartphones have become pivotal in helping frontline NHS staff, like doctors and nurses, provide better and more timely healthcare. It might take a while until there’s an NHS iPad in every healthcare facility in the country, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that an NHS iPad scheme could do wonders for reducing the number of deaths in hospitals, quickening response times to patients and reducing admin for clinicians. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at what’s already happening in the NHS with respect to mobile devices, the benefits an NHS iPad scheme could offer, and the considerations that would come with such a scheme.
Hospitals across the country have already introduced the NHS iPad into their observation systems
The concept of NHS iPads isn’t a new one. Since 2010, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has been introducing what they call an ‘electronic observation system’: recording patient vital signs on mobile devices, which can then be accessed by computers across the hospital. More recently, Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and Coventry’s University Hospital have also introduced what the BMJ Quality and Safety journal calls an ‘Electronic Physiological Surveillance System’ (EPSS). A study in the journal found that after one year of introducing the system, the hospitals recorded 397 and 372 deaths respectively. And according to this article from the Daily Mirror in 2014, a further 40 hospitals introduced the EPSS.
Mobile devices and the right software allow rapid detection of deteriorating health
So how exactly do iPads help monitor patient health and improve healthcare? In the case of the hospitals in the BMJ Safety and Quality study, health indicators like blood pressure, breathing rate, oxygen levels and pulse are logged into an app called Vitalpac. The Vitalpac software houses the data and, according to the Daily Mirror article, calculates an Early Warning Sign (EWS) for the patient. It calculates this EWS in a matter of seconds with next to no error, whereas it would take busy clinicians much longer, and with a far greater likelihood of miscalculation if this was done manually This data can be accessed from any mobile device or computer synced with the network, meaning that doctors can see when a patient’s health is deteriorating from the opposite end of the hospital. As illustrated by Luton and Dunstable’s video on their electronic observation system, quicker response times can improve the chances of patients recovering, and reduce the chance of heart attacks and avoidable deaths. EPSS gives clinicians easier access to more data about their patients, which they can use to prioritise patients.
For electronic observation systems using iPads to be truly effective, all mobile devices within the NHS need a customised storage strategy
Unlike paper charts and clipboards, the iPads and other mobile devices need to be treated with care. If not, the NHS risks incurring unnecessary costs repairing and replacing faulty or damaged devices. What’s more, clinicians will not be able to deliver more efficient healthcare if NHS iPads are not synced or charged. The only way to guarantee that mobile devices are always ready to be used exactly where they’re needed is for the NHS to introduce a robust device management strategy. NHS iPads need their own storage units which can charge and sync devices, while keeping them secure and clean. Depending on when and where the devices are needed, storage units need to be easily transportable, and be able to accommodate different types of devices.
For further information about what you need to know and best practice about mobile device management in an NHS iPad scheme, download our guide:
In our last blog post we covered the transformation that the ‘Back to School’ experience undergoes each year and the planning that comes with the new student-device ratio. After a week (give or take) back in the classroom, schools must decipher if the support mechanisms in place are sufficient for the new types and levels of devices landing after the summer break – but also to identify if they have scope in the infrastructure for further growth.
Prepare, prevent, secure
There is no escaping the fact that the digital age we live in presents fresh new concerns, and where children and young people are concerned the privacy and security risks are ten-fold, and the cyber criminals are more than aware of this.
Chris from LapCabby chatted to the team at Tech & Learning UK, talking about this issue stating, “Before letting technology into the network, schools should impose a number of application controls. Preventing unapproved files from executing and downloading; whitelisting and blacklisting applications to prevent cyber criminals from entering the school network and implementing a cloud based web filtering system, will all help in deterring would be hackers. With these protections, even students that bring their own tablet or laptop do not present a serious security red flag.”
As Chris highlights above, no matter if the device is school, or student owned, the cyber and physical protection must be paramount. And he goes on to emphasise that the Back to School period is an ideal time to reflect and reinforce policies and processes with students and staff. “Schools should take the back to school period as a time to educate students on how best to use technology, as well as its associated risks. Acceptable usage policies are a good starting point for this, and allow schools to set out and define expectations. This, plus training and guidance, will form the cornerstone of dealing with the back-to-school device rush.”
Powered up and physically protected
As essential as cybersecurity is – and unfortunately as we can see, there is no denying this – the protection and monitoring of devices becomes irrelevant if the technology itself has a flat battery and cannot be used.
“In order to avoid battery drain wreaking havoc in classrooms and disrupting learning, schools can simply ensure that their infrastructure is capable of charging multiple laptops and tablets, of different brands and models. Similarly, just like how a dead battery can disrupt education, so too can the issue of syncing” Chris told Independent Education in another discussion, read the full article here.
This time next week we’ll be heading to London for the 2016 Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology (HETT) show on September 28th at the Olympia. The show promises to give visitors insight into, “the direction of travel and leading the way in the digital revolution of the NHS” and we’d love to see you there!
If you’re attending the unique health and technology event, come along and meet the team to discover our solutions, features and benefits – developed to enhance mobile device management and service delivery across healthcare. We’ll be on stand H526 to answer any questions, showcase our solutions and ready for a good old chat – and if you’re not at the show this year, get in touch and one of our friendly team will get back to you.
At LapCabby we understand that 21st century healthcare demands instantaneous connectivity and always-on mobile devices. That’s why our mobile device storage and charging solutions are designed with a small footprint, to be easily cleaned with highly efficient charging schedules. You might want to check out our latest eBook, which delves into the intricacies of Mobile Device Management in Healthcare, get the eBook here.
You can check out the solutions below (and many more!) at stand H526, and our friendly team will be on hand to chat through your individual storage and charging requirements.
The back to school period is busy and exciting for students and teachers alike but also a time of spending for parents. A new pair of shoes, a new bag as the other one they wouldn’t be seen dead in, and of course the various sporting and musical equipment needed.
But what about a Laptop, or tablet? A new phone? or Chromebook to access all their homework wherever they can get online? The parameters of the back to school experience have changed, and as well as parents and educators the digital classroom itself must prepare for this flurry of students, tech and device mix that lands with the new term.
Schools need to address whether they have the storage infrastructure for an ever inflating number of devices. As the ratio between students and devices reduces, physical storage of devices will become extremely important in effectively managing this year’s new students, curriculum and devices. Fit for purpose storage and charging must be implemented to support the variety of brands and operating systems as well as one which can scale appropriately to the student-device ratio, from 1:1, 2:1, BYOD and so on. After all what use is a great new tablet if the battery is flat?
This is why at LapCabby we develop future proofed store, charge and sync solutions – to deliver classroom ready devices and support the digital curriculum, every time. (And always with our lifetime product warranty!)
And we’re here to simplify Back to School with our Class of 2016
No matter the device, space or budget we have a solution to store, charge, sync and transport
Our DeskCabby fits on a desktop with room for up to 12 USB – powered devices. An ideal charge only or charge and sync station for your clients’ classroom.
Charge or Charge and Sync 16 devices with the portable Boost+, suitable for all USB-charging devices including smartphones, tablets and e-readers.
Floor standing, wall mounted or under a desk, the Lyte delivers storage for 10, 16, 20 or 32 devices from 8” right up to 15”, and offers solutions for 1:1 or BYOD deployments.
With Locka your clients can create a central ‘hub’ for devices charging Chromebooks, laptops and tablets – to secure mixed deployments and BYOD users.
Have you seen our 7 step guide to effective mobile device management in the digital classroom?
Discover why the conversation surrounding the ‘digital classroom’ of the future is constantly evolving. The way in which these digital technologies are integrated into learning environments has wide-reaching consequences for students and teachers. Download our top tips guide for successful device deployment and integration to benefit everyone.
And watch out for our next blog on managing BYOD users safely and effectively through storage, security and education, which our Head of New Product Development, Chris Neath, recently discussed this in-depth with our friends over at Independent Education Today check out the full article.
What comes to mind when you think about the risks associated with a digitised NHS and digital health in general? Perhaps it’s the risk of remote attacks on databases and networks critical in life or death situations? Maybe it’s the threat to patient privacy and confidentiality if healthcare records can be accessed by hackers? Yes, these are major problems that need to be tackled practically and culturally, but there is another issue here amid the discourse on digital health: the storage and security of the mobile devices that act as the mediator between the physical and the digital. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at mobile device storage and mobile device security and why it is so important in the context of the NHS.
The number of mobile devices used within the NHS is growing
We might have some way to go before our national health service is fully digitised – when tablets have completely out-competed clipboards – but there are already plenty of signs of progress towards a more efficient and less admin-heavy NHS. A paper published in the British Journal of Community Nursing in 2014 found that mobile devices did actually contribute to both productivity and efficiency, with clinical staff also claiming that these devices helped them deliver better patient care. In the same year, the North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust received £400,000 towards buying Samsung Galaxy tablets to be used by nursing staff in the 18 hospitals the trust manages.
Even outside of the NHS’ move to more digital ways of operating, doctors and nurses are already using mobile devices at work
Outside of the mobile devices officially introduced by the NHS, doctors and nurses use their personal mobile devices on a daily basis to assist them in their clinical work. A paper released last year in the BMJ Innovations journal, published findings from a survey that showed that “92.6% of the doctors and 53.2% of nurses found their smartphone to be ‘very useful’ or ‘useful’ in helping them to perform their clinical duties”. The study also showed that SMS, app-based messaging and picture messaging were commonly used (more by doctors than nurses) to help them share patient-related clinical information.
A device that’s stored properly will work properly and have a longer lifetime
With potentially hundreds of thousands of mobile devices like laptops and tablets being used throughout hospitals and healthcare centres across the United Kingdom, a robust and thorough mobile device storage strategy needs to be put in place. These devices are not only valuable due to their hardware, but owing to the data contained within them – sensitive data about patient health, health records and prescriptions. As well as taking stringent measures to protect the data on the devices, the devices need a physical storage unit to guarantee their longevity: a device that isn’t stored properly is far more likely to break down at an inopportune moment.
Both the data on the devices and the devices themselves need to be protected with security measures
I mentioned the need to protect the information contained on tablets and laptops in the previous paragraph. Security is another incredibly important aspect of any mobile device storage plan. If in future, every clinician in the NHS has access to a mobile device they can use for their work, we’re talking about millions upon millions of pounds of electronic equipment. Even today there is a considerable sum of money locked away in these devices. The fact that these devices are mobile is both a blessing and a curse – they’re easy to use, but also easy to steal. Adequate – in nature and in numbers – storage facilities need to be provided to any NHS facility that uses mobile devices.
For every healthcare situation, there needs to be a storage unit that suits it
We might keep our own electronic equipment in nothing more than a memory foam pouch, but devices used in healthcare need something a little sturdier – and something which is ideally suited to a healthcare environment. That said, not all healthcare environments are the same. The mobile device storage unit you’d need on a hospital ward differs from one which simply lives on a nurses station. And what about if multiple types of devices need storage, syncing and charging? There needs to be a storage solution for that too. And above all, any storage unit needs to be utterly secure and easy to keep sterile.
Technology in the classroom is not a new phenomenon, but it’s one that is changing the face of education. Teachers are using new platforms and apps to engage students and implement innovative learning methods such as gamification in order to enhance both learning and contextual understanding.
As laptops and devices become ever more central to the curriculum, the ratio between students and devices has to be lowered – with a perfect world seeing each student using their own personal tech. Of course, for schools with hundreds of students and a limited budget, this situation is often unachievable. Allowing students to bring their own devices, however, could help solve the problem.
But what happens when these devices leave the classroom? The recent launch of the Micro:bit from the BBC is designed for students to immerse themselves in coding – both in and out of school. Increasingly, homework assignments are also being set on netbooks, iPads or similar devices with students taking them out of the classroom to complete tasks.
As the line between device use at school and home blurs, then, what challenges does this present to schools and how can they ensure that they have a robust, holistic storage policy in place to help them manage these devices?
Looking for details on integrating mobile devices to your digital classroom? Check out our 7 Step Guide and deploy, integrate and manage devices to benefit everyone.
First and foremost is online security. Cybercrime is arguably the most prolific form of criminal activity at the moment, and educational establishments are vulnerable, as the sensitive data they possess in fact makes them a valuable target.
Of course, cyber criminals are not the only thing to consider when assessing online security. Organisations also have a responsibility to ensure that the content being accessed on devices is suitable, and so content controls and filters should be implemented to ensure this is the case.
Managing device access is crucial to successfully allowing students to take home their technology. Supervising and remaining in control of desktop devices while providing the necessary resources is easy. But with portable devices, the challenge is entirely different. As educational organisations ramp up issuing assignments or homework to be done on personal devices, schools and universities must provide safe means by which to access this information.
Universal portal logins, such as those already seen on University desktops and the like, can ensure that students and teachers have secure 24/7 access to the resources they need.
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‘Bring your own device’ or BYOD policies can prove troublesome if an organisation’s storage solution is not up to scratch; especially when you consider the device mesh that exists. Not every student will have a standardised tablet and there will be varying makes and models which need to work in conjunction.
If devices are to be a benefit to education, then they need to be charged, and most importantly, synced. After all, if a student cannot access information at home that they need, then they cannot complete their work. Similarly, if a student brings in to school a laptop with a presentation, but it dies, it is of no use.
As such, organisations should look to ensure that their storage solutions house, charge and sync multiple devices – to be sure that the device mesh does not prevent students using their personal devices for learning.
Read more and discover how to get everyone on board in our discussion with Tech Secondary.
There’s no denying that we’re well and truly into what history might look back upon and call ‘the digital age’. We spend hours on our laptops and computers, (with even more hours on our smartphones) and rely heavily on the internet for both valuable (Google Maps, online banking) and not-so-valuable (Pokemon Go) tasks. It’s no surprise that digital health is the next big thing. But what is digital health? In this blog we’re going to explore what’s already happening in the digital health arena, the associated benefits, and what’s on the horizon for this very exciting phenomenon.
What is digital health? It’s the intersection of medicine, wireless communication and mobile devices to deliver more efficient and effective healthcare
Digital health, far from being the latest tech buzzword, is where advances in genomics and medicine meet the latest mobile devices, wireless communication and cloud computing. And it doesn’t stop there: digital healthcare is comprised of much more, which digital health strategist and social entrepreneur, Paul Sonnier, summarises in this succinct and accessible six minute video. It’s not just the tech gurus and keynote speakers of this world that are moving towards digital health as a means of improving healthcare. The NHS has sought the counsel of digital health expert, Dr Robert Wachter, on introducing technology to our healthcare system. What’s more, the NHS aims to be paperless by 2020. If this is to happen, then there’s no option but for the health service to embrace all things digital.
What is digital health from a clinician’s point of view?
The NHS has already made inroads into the field of digital health. There are hospitals using tablets to record the vital signs of patients at their bedsides, with doctors accessing this data through another device at another location. The UpToDate app allows doctors to make more accurate diagnoses by pooling their training with the most recent scientific research; while electronic prescribing digitises prescriptions and vastly cuts down on patients being prescribed the wrong drugs. What’s more, the HSCIC has changed its name to NHS Digital, and the organisation hopes that this rebranding will help “build public recognition, confidence and trust” when it comes to moving over to new technological practices within the NHS.
Patients can enjoy more attentive healthcare and save time on GP visits
It’s not just clinicians that’ll benefit from a move to a more digitised NHS. Patients in intensive care could receive round-the-clock monitoring and advice without having to go to hospital. As reported in the Financial Times, Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire has installed equipment in 300 care homes, and in 100 homes of patients with long-term conditions, to allow them to interact with their clinicians at the press of a button. Even healthy patients can benefit from a more digital NHS. The monitoring and maintenance of health could be conducted through apps instead of annual visits to the doctor. As Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, states in the FT article, “the idea of booking appointments and physically turning up to GP surgeries for routine things is an alien concept.”
Educating both staff and patients is essential if digital health is to be embraced quickly
Digital health might bring countless benefits to the delivery of healthcare in the UK, but there are still hurdles to overcome. Both patients and NHS workers need to be persuaded of the benefits of moving away from processes that have become familiar. For example, patients must be reassured that their healthcare data is kept secure and anonymous. And even once digitised healthcare records are created, these need to be “tried and redesigned several times in a sometimes painful process before the full benefits are realised,” writes Candice Imison, director of policy at Nuffield Trust, in The Guardian.
The technology and devices that make digital health possible need their own management strategy
In the same article, Imison quotes Dr Wachter: “You need two keys to unlock this … one of them is that the work needs to be reimagined … the second is the adoption of technology.” One of the most important parts of a digital health system is hardware – mobile devices like tablets and laptops can be used to amass and access the vital data that will help clinicians deliver better healthcare and help patients monitor their own health. Once this technology has been adopted (it already has been in some hospitals) there needs to be a dedicated strategy to store and maintain these devices.
Still want a longer answer to the question, ‘what is digital health’? Then download our guide about what goes into creating a mobile device management strategy (MDM): Mobile Device Management in the NHS: What you need to know.
Chris Neath, Head of New Product Development here at LapCabby recently caught up with Education Technology, to discuss how implementing an effective BYOD initiative can allow educational establishments to overcome budget constraints to deliver comprehensive mobile learning.
“Technology has fundamentally changed the face of education as it falls in line with the societal trend towards digitisation. In the classroom, new platforms have been adopted and apps and devices introduced in order to provide the highest level of education for a generation of students native to technology.
However, technology is costly and we are currently witnessing a period where budgets for schools, colleges and universities are being slashed, not raised. In a perfect world, there would be a device for each and every student. But realistically this is not yet possible. Introducing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) structure could be the answer to this problem.”
Planning, integration and education
As Chris highlights, in order for the successful integration of personal devices into the curriculum there are a number of considerations to be made. The first point of action he mentions is the importance of communicating across all stakeholders when utilising technology, “organisations have to acknowledge that allowing students to use personal devices for school work will involve a learning curve. Therefore, schools and colleges should lay out expectations immediately. That way, all stakeholders, from staff and students through to families understand how best to use the devices in a safe manner.”
As establishments bring in BYOD schemes in a home or education environment the security and protection of technology and users become top priority, and this doesn’t just refer to the cyber security but also physical safety. “Security comes in a number of forms, and online security is paramount due to the fact that cyber crime is currently so prolific. The sensitive data educational organisations possess often makes them a target, and much like the medical sector, they are prone to attack. Therefore, organisations should look to enforce a number of application controls. These include whitelisting and blacklisting applications to prevent viruses from entering the network; preventing unapproved files from executing and downloading as well implementing a cloud-based web filtering system.”
As physical safety should also be addressed, within a school, storage solutions should be provided that allow devices to be safely stored and charged and students should be educated on how to safely use their technology away from the classroom.
So now you’ve got the tech, it’s been secured – what’s next?
The students, teachers and curriculum using these devices demand instant access and for a BYOD deployment to succeed, the technology must be accessible, charged and ready to go. When the device mesh involved with BYOD in a learning environment is taken into account a broad and flexible scope of charging services must be delivered.
As Chris summarised, “Every student will have a different make and model of device and all will need to be charged and synced in conjunction. If devices can’t be, then personal devices are rendered almost useless. If a student brings in a laptop but it dies, then their learning suffers. Similarly, if they are unable to access an online portal while at home, then they could be missing vital information to complete an assignment and miss a deadline.
With this in mind, organisations should look to ensure that their storage solutions house, charge and sync multiple devices – to be sure that the device mesh does not prevent students using their personal devices for learning.”
New HQ project to support company’s global growth strategy across all its furniture brands
Monarch Education Furniture and LapCabby are excited to announce plans to move its production factory and global HQ to a purpose built new facility in Nottingham, in December 2016.
The multimillion pound facility will see Monarch move all its UK production, logistics and office employees under one roof – to deliver an enhanced production facility and warehouse as well as centralise all office staff in one location to foster an open and collaborative working space for its 100+ employees. The new offices will also include a product design lab and demonstration suite that will welcome partners and clients.
Stuart Hopkin, Managing Director, Monarch Furniture adds: “The new HQ will fully support Monarch and LapCabby’s strategy for growth and enable us to increase production, invest in new machinery, create a highly efficient facility and streamline business operations, in their entirety.
With some recent, major contract appointment, large tender wins and major Distribution partnerships, we see the next few years being very busy.
In addition to the new facility, our global operations continue to strengthen and diversify. This month also sees the relocation of LapCabby Managing Director and Head of Product Development set up a LapCabby US base in New York – to further support our growing distributor, partner and client base across The Americas.”
The new development is being collaboratively delivered by Lindum Construction, Nottingham Airport, and Monarch. Spanning 98,000 sq feet, the new development remains firmly on track, with key stakeholders and local MP ‘cutting the turf’ last week.
Brian Wells, local landlord from Nottingham City Airport adds:” Nottingham City Airport are delighted to be able to support Monarch in their exciting expansion plan and wish them every success for many more years to come in their long term relationship with them.”
Simon Gregory, MD of Lindum Construction further adds: “It is very rewarding to be able to use our extensive expertise to create a purpose built facility to meet the growing global requirements of Monarch Education Furniture and LapCabby. Working in partnership to provide the right solution has secured this major investment in Nottingham and, as an East Midlands based Construction Company, it is particularly pleasing to be part of this exciting development.”
Debbie Mason, Rushcliffe Borough Council Cabinet Member and Tollerton Borough Councillor adds: “Rushcliffe Borough Council is dedicated to supporting and working with local businesses to help them expand. This partnership between Monarch Furniture, Trueman Aviation and Lindum Construction will see significant investment, in our local community, that will protect local jobs and provide further employment opportunities. I look forward to seeing the finished building later this year and the success of these business flourish as a result.”
About Monarch Furniture
Monarch Education Furniture is a family run company that has been manufacturing furniture for schools for 30 years. Our company has grown considerably over the last 10 years and in 2014 we had our busiest trading year.
As market leaders in educational storage furniture we have developed our manufacturing techniques using state of the art machinery and innovative fixings. We operate a very strict quality control process in our factory and only dispatch furniture that we are proud of. We take pride in our craftsmanship and offer a high level of quality.
The entire Monarch Team work very hard to excel in four areas – service, quality, delivery and lead times. Our excellent team helps us to exceed in each of these areas from our happy Sales Administration team, the production staff who are busy all day manufacturing our units, the friendly drivers who always go the extra mile when delivering our furniture and our efficient accounts team.
Committed to designing Education solutions for over 20 years, LapCabby delivers the most robust and innovative ICT Storage solutions to over 44 countries across the globe. With a passion for all things digital – we are committed to delivering portable and static ICT storage solutions to deliver class and work ready devices in a secure and safe environment.
This year Lindum celebrates 60 years in the construction business and has been listed in The Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Companies in the UK to Work For’ consistently for the past 12 years – in 2016 Lindum was named as the top construction company and ranked 22nd overall. Employing over 550 people from offices in Lincoln, Peterborough and York, Lindum is a leading member of the Employee Ownership Association with the majority of employees being shareholders, ensuring a high level of commitment and service.
For further information, contact Nikki Cobb, Marketing Communications Manager for Lindum on 01522 852463 or visit www.lindumgroup.com
Whether you need a space-saving, desktop charging station for iPhones, or have iPads which are constantly on-the-go and require a portable solution or have a bunch of MacBooks to store, charge, sync and transport – there’s a LapCabby for you!
We have a solution to support, charge, sync and transport your apple device deployments, from the iPhone to the iPad and slim-line iPad Air, up to the 15” MacBook Pro. And if you’re looking for more information on effectively integrating devices, why not check out our 7 Step Guide to delivering a successful device deployment.
Get the low-down on our solutions for Apple in our neat download!
Last week we identified essential features to look out for when selecting device storage to support a connected healthcare environment, and the digital NHS, get this blog post here. We also touched on the importance of safety features and what to consider when choosing device storage and charging solutions.
So, following nicely on, this week we have given you some insight on how to not only choose the best solution, but also how to understand the necessary certification labels – and which represent optimal health and safety.
Above and beyond standard testing
Medical facilities must ensure that they are introducing physically safe and fit-for-purpose devices and device storage to the environment. The default stamp of approval is generally considered to be the universal marker of the Declaration of Conformity (CE). However, medical organisations have to be more stringent in their safety regulation than the CE, as it does not take into account the environment or the fact devices will be stored and charged together.
Therefore, those in healthcare should look instead to independent test houses such as TUV, Intertek and SGS, who take into account how devices will be stored and test them accordingly under much greater scrutiny than the CE. These certificates are not easy to obtain and are a true mark of safety.
The number and type of devices being used to support service delivery will undoubtedly fluctuate as the move towards a truly paperless NHS becomes a reality. Therefore, organisations need to make sure that they have storage equipment that is fit for purpose.
In order to do this, there are a number of questions to consider:
Can it store the number of devices you need it to?
Can it charge a selection of different devices?
Does it have a weight limit?
And can it scale as more and more devices are introduced?
To deliver best practice and patient care, staff need to have a solution that reflects their unique and ever changing needs
Education and inclusion
As important as the practical elements of device storage are, they have to be supplemented by a focus on education. I mean, it’s all great to have new shiny devices, bought to enhance care, however if staff have little understanding of these or their role in using them they become “an expensive paper weight”.
Chris Neath, Head of New Product Development at LapCabby, recently told Health Business UK and IT Pro Portal, of the importance in educating device users, “Acceptable Usage Policies are a good way to define expectations, aims and rules in order to be certain everyone understands the associated risks and best practices. Coupled with this, medical organisations should invest time in educating everyone in how to use technology correctly, avoid the majority of risks, and gain the maximum benefit from technology.”
Alongside education comes awareness. After all, digitally-based healthcare is a big step and all stakeholders have to be on board. Communication is vital at the early stages, and if everyone involved feels comfortable in the aims, practices and eventual outcomes, then the implementation of technology will be a much smoother process.
Find out how LapCabby can support your medical device storage and deployment here.
We caught up with Heath Business UK to discuss the importance of connected devices in the 21st century, mobile healthcare workforce, while assessing the essential factors and implications of the surrounding deployed tech.
IT is now an integral part of the healthcare sector. Those within medical organisations are fast looking to use tech to ease the burden on stretched staff and improve patient experience and service delivery. The way in which this technology is implemented in hospitals, clinics and other organisations has wide-reaching and serious implications, therefore, IT choice and integration needs to be carefully considered.
Connected mobile devices already play a major role in the move towards Jeremy Hunt’s ambition of a ‘digital NHS’. Devices are commonplace as the transition from paper-based records continues, allowing clinicians and other staff access to full, connected data sets while on the move.
In order for this vision to become a reality, the foundations need to be laid through the storage and charging solutions put in place. After all, if the devices are not secure, run out of charge, or are not regularly synced with up-to-the-minute data, then they are little more than an expensive paperweight.
The conversation surrounded a number of key areas for medical organisations to consider when selecting the right option for storing, transporting and syncing mobile devices.
Leading us to look at the Health and Safety aspects such as the security and protection of devices and sensitive data, the physical risks of the tech itself, to ensuring storage is fit for purpose and everyone is on board.
Read the full article here, or if you have a question – get in touch and find out how LapCabby can support your medical device storage and deployment.
Although it sounds simple, the physical risk of technology is often overlooked and it would be ironic if this caused an issue in a medical setting! Hospitals, for example, often store and charge hundreds of devices. Therefore, these need to be housed away from harm in order to protect both the equipment and people. As well as positioning devices to avoid cables becoming trip hazards, they must be constantly monitored to ensure that all elements are intact.
Organisations should also ensure that their storage solutions have temperature monitoring capabilities and temperature limiters. This way, if devices do begin to overheat, chargers can be shut down until a safe temperature is restored.
The storage, charging and syncing of devices should only further support the safety and performance of a healthcare environment. By assessing and understanding health and safety certifications and requirements you can make the best, informed decision to support your patients, staff, devices and environment. Read the full article here.
Subscribe to our blog to get the next segment in this article, where we’ll look at specific safety certification, risk management and policies to educate and support the digital medical workforce.
Discover the LapCabby solutions ideal for storing and charging Surface Pro devices here.
Are you using a mix of devices?
No matter the number of devices, available space, or environment – there’s a LapCabby to suit.
Find your perfect LapCabby today with our product filters, get all our solutions to store, charge, sync and transport Microsoft Surface devices and everything else, in one handy list – simplify your search today.
You can also add filters based on your requirements, from static or compact, to portable and multi-device storage and charging, find exactly what you need and quickly!
If you’re attending meet the team and discover our solutions, features and benefits – developed to enhance mobile device management and service delivery across healthcare. We’ll be on stand H526 to answer any questions, showcase our solutions or simply ready for a chat!
At LapCabby we understand that 21st century healthcare demands instantaneous connectivity and always-on mobile devices. That’s why our mobile device storage solutions are designed to be compact, easily cleaned and highly efficient.
Some key benefits of LapCabby in Healthcare:
Ergonomic and compact models
Easy to clean to reduce the risk of infection
Cost effective models and a lifetime warranty to deliver ROI
Desktop storage solutions – perfect for nurses stations
Transportable solutions – to move devices quickly and securely
Programmable charging schedules ensuring charged devices – around the clock
Integrated safety features to protect users and devices
Stringently tested to guarantee optimal health and safety compliance
Discover more on how our solutions slot perfectly into the healthcare environment.
Got a question? Get in touch with us today and one of the LapCabby team will be back in touch!
Across all industries, technology is having a revolutionising effect, and education is no exception. From interactive whiteboards and iPads to technology-orientated teaching strategies, the digital classroom is becoming now a reality.
However, unlike a number of commercial sectors and industries, when it comes to education all changes and progressions have to be carefully considered. While the taxi industry can be uprooted by a disruptive technology such as Uber, in an educational setting, digitisation has to be introduced steadily and prove that it has real and tangible benefits.
With this in mind, I have outlined below six factors to consider in order to integrate education technology successfully.
Education and awareness
Alongside education comes awareness. After all, the digital classroom is a big step and all stakeholders have to be on board. Communication is vital at the early stages, and if everyone involved feels comfortable in the aims, practices, and eventual outcomes, then the implementation of technology will be a much smoother process.
To ensure a smooth transition to deploying devices in the digital classroom, follow our simple 7 Step Guide to effective mobile device management.
Organisations have a legal responsibility to ensure that students are safe and that the content they have access to is appropriate. Security must be a priority when children are involved.
Alongside cybersecurity, organisations must also remember to secure their devices physically. Storing them in safe locations and password protecting them to prevent those that shouldn’t from gaining access is a good starting point.
Physical risks, temperature control and electronics
Although it sounds simple, the physical risk of technology is often overlooked and schools, colleges and universities have to consider it. Educational establishments will often be storing and charging hundreds of devices. Therefore, they need to be housed away from harm in order to protect the equipment, but most importantly, the students and staff.
Check out our handy Infographic on the types of hazards you may find around the classroom, and some tips on enhancing classroom safety. Or, follow our 6 Top Tips to bolstering classroom safety.
Using equipment that is fit for purpose
When it comes to schools, colleges and universities, storage is important due to the sheer quantity of devices. Therefore, organisations need to make sure that they have equipment that is fit for purpose. Can it store the number of devices you need it to? Can it charge a selection of different devices? Does it have a weight limit? And can it scale as more and more devices are introduced and the student-device ratio decreases?
Schools need to ensure they have a solution that reflects their unique needs
Ultimately, it is undeniable that the majority of classrooms can now be considered digital classrooms. And it is vastly improving education. However, due to the sensitive nature of education, there are a number of factors to consider before taking the plunge. It is a careful process, but by considering the above, educational organisations can stand themselves in good stead to make technology work for them in the most effective way.
Chris Neath, Head of New Product Development at LapCabby, talks to Academy Today on the strategic decision making and planning which must be put into place in order to make the digital classroom a success.
Technology is advancing and educational institutions cannot be left behind if they want to, “take advantage of the latest methods of teaching and the technologies that enable this to happen. As such, the push to fully digitise the classroom continues apace.” Chris explains.
In order to portray the key aspects of a long-lasting and future proofed digital strategy in the classroom, with effectively deployed mobile devices Chris devised a list of seven crucial factors to examine. (more…)
We are thrilled to be – finally – announcing the official release of the LapCabby Lyte. Our latest range of ergonomic and compact storage and charging solutions boast a static design, your usual favourite LapCabby colour options, and when we say the Lyte covers all bases, we mean it.
Available to ship to the UK and across the globe in September!
There really is aLyteforany classroom or work space!
The Lyte range offers a multitude of choice, with units in an assortment of sizes with options to secure 10, 16, 20 or 32 devices. You also get to decide between models with one single locking door securing numerous devices, or on a door-per-device basis, ideal for BYOD.
The Lyte truly allows you to pick, choose and tailor the solution for your requirements!
Uncover all the Lyte features below, or browse the whole range here.
Benefits of the LapCabby Lyte range
Static, compact storage and charging in various sizes for 10, 16, 20 or 32 devices
Models to suit a range of device sizes from small devices up to 8″ like iPad minis and smartphones to larger tablets, laptops and Chromebooks up to 15″
Available with various setup options, a single locked door securing 1:1 deployments, or multiple key-pad locked doors for BYOD users – the choice is yours!
Small footprint and available as desktop storage, floor standing or a wall mounted solution
Our Lyte range offers an abundance of choice – so you have the flexibility to deliver storage for 10, 16, 20 or 32 devices. With units accommodating a variety of device sizes from 8” right up to 15”, and can be set up to suit 1:1 or BYOD deployments.
New range perfect for industries looking to deliver a digital service on a limited budget
Leading ICT Storage provider, LapCabby, today announced the release of its new range of ergonomic and compact charging and storage solutions, LapCabby Lyte. In a period of reduced budgets within education, LapCabby Lyte provides both a cost effective and health and safety certified solution for schools that still want to provide their students access to the best devices, apps and digital services.
LapCabby Lyte completes LapCabby’s encompassing range of products to support smaller spaces and device deployments. It combines all of the existing renowned LapCabby features such as unsurpassed EN safety certification, robust construction, cable management, lifetime warranty and the trademark colorful designs – with space-saving desktop storage, floor standing and wall-mounted solutions to maximise possibilities for different environments.
Although primarily targeted at the education sector initially, the new product range can be used across any sector that is looking to deliver a digitised customer service through devices including healthcare, corporate, retail and hospitality. The range includes:
Perfect for securing multiple devices with a single key locked door
Lyte Single, available in multiple sizes, provides static storage for 10, 16, 20 or 32 devices up to 15” including Chromebooks, laptops and tablets, all within a single compartment and one key locked door.
Lyte Multi, available in multiple sizes, provides static storage for 10, 16, 20 or 32 devices up to 15”including Chromebooks, laptops and tablets, offering secure charging and storage for BYOD users with programmable digital key pad access on a door-per-device.
The ultimate space saving solution for wall-mounted storage
Lyte Wall provides compact and secure storage for 10 or 20 tablets up to 15” with a single key locked door, designed fully assembled with wall fixings included.
Chris Neath, Head of Product Development, LapCabby, said: “As the Government continues to tighten budgets, schools are in need of cost effective ways of providing access to the latest technology, while still ensuring the highest standards in regards to health and safety. With this in mind, we are delighted to launch LapCabby Lyte as a solution for schools striving to provide the best of breed digital classroom.”
“We can also see multiple potential applications for Lyte in complementary sectors as well organisations looking at how devices can help them streamline their operations – without compromising the end user experience. This makes Lyte an exceptionally exciting announcement as it empowers us to diversify competitively into new markets.”
In addition to Lyte range, LapCabby will also be launching a range of charge only products, to their popular and portable Boost+, DeskCabby and GoCabby lines.
Committed to designing Education solutions for over 20 years, LapCabby delivers the most robust and innovative ICT Storage solutions to over 44 counties across the globe. With a passion for all things digital – we are committed to delivering portable and static ICT storage solutions to deliver class and work ready devices in a secure and safe environment.
At LapCabby we take pride in keeping connected with our customers and partners to constantly adapt processes and enhance product research and development, based on client feedback as well as technology trends. Lots of our current features were implemented directly on the back of customer views. (more…)
Gamification is a concept at the forefront of digital learning. Fundamentally, this is applying game-like principles to a system in order to drive its interaction and appeal. This can be done in several ways including game-based and simulation-based learning, points, badges and leaderboards. Some basic examples of this would be a league table for students learning their times tables, or on a larger scale, the National spelling bee in the US. (more…)
Keeping up to date with the latest technology and learning techniques is difficult enough, and add to this the rapidly growing and varying types of edtech tools available to effectively integrate these new technologies – it can be understandably overwhelming.
To aid the struggle of keeping up-to-date with an ever increasing range of tools, the helpful and trusty press team across the pond at Tech & Learning have given us their ‘Whats New’ list of the latest edtech tools for schools. (more…)
Our Head of New Product Development, Chris Neath recently spoke to our friends over at Education Technology, on all things health and safety, and why it plays such an integral part in creating a culture of ‘digital safety’ in the classroom.
During the interview Chris covered the trends surrounding technology’s growth in education and why health and safety should be considered critical throughout integration. He also provides inside knowledge on improving classroom safety, and insight on ensuring your ICT storage provider of choice goes above-and-beyond where health and safety is concerned. (more…)
With 2016 well and truly under-way – I’m afraid there is no denying it now – with ‘summer’ around the corner, Gartner has delivered their top 10 strategic technology trends expected to land this year, impacting on decisions in organisations until 2020, with the ‘Device Mesh’ is one of the trends that will shape digital business opportunities through 2020.
What is the Device Mesh?
The device mesh refers to an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses. The device mesh includes mobile devices, wearables, and consumer and home electronic devices. Or put more simply, the mix of devices you are using on your network. (more…)
Delivering Solution Providers Leading-Edge Portfolio of Storage and Charging Solutions
Mississauga, ON – April 26, 2016 – Tech Data Canada, a leading provider of IT products, logistics management and other value-added services, today announced an agreement with LapCabby to distribute their innovative IT storage solutions to solution providers across Canada.
LapCabby delivers innovative IT storage and charging solutions to over 44 countries across the globe and are committed to delivering portable and static solutions in a secure and safe environment. Their products are developed through continuous product development focused on design, usability and safety. In addition, LapCabby’s products are fully assembled upon delivery and include a lifetime warranty.
Education Technology gathered some education experts together to discuss the future of the digital generation and the challenges faced when assessing the gap in the digital divide between teachers and students. Included in the roundtable group was LapCabby’s Marketing Director, Lynsey Jenkins who joined the discussion alongside educators and industry experts.
Education Technology and the roundtable group focused the conversation around the digital generation of the future thinking about how we can minimise this digital divide, get the full roundtable article here.
Initially the roundtable debated if budget restrictions were a major factor as to why we are seeing a digital divide between teachers and students? They also considered the issues faced with respect to training provisions for staff to help them more effectively adopt new technologies.
“Technology alone does not solve a problem and it is not a replacement for teachers. But equally, teachers need to be equipped with the skills to get the most out of new technologies within their classroom. So when embracing a digital initiative or deployment, education establishments must consider the wider picture.“ (more…)
We take health and safety in the classroom very seriously here at LapCabby – if you haven’t heard we recently identified some key hazards appearing in classrooms and popped them into this neat Infographic. In this post we shall give you a run-down of how we deliver impeccable safety features in every single LapCabby that leaves the factory, this comprehensive testing gives us the confidence to offer Lifetime Warranty on all our solutions!
So what exactly does LapCabby test?
From the handles to the wheels LapCabby ensure every single component has been meticulously tested – but simply testing each part is not enough, likewise, only testing the final complete unit will not yield the highest safety levels. To remedy this issue, LapCabby assess both the unit components and the fully assembled product to ensure that all the parts in combination are also safe. (more…)
As technology develops at an unstoppable rate and with connectivity such as the Internet of Things (IoT) consistently integrating into numerous aspects of our lives, the educational environment is no exception. Digital technology in the classroom is not a new concept, but gone are the days of one computer per class and interactive whiteboards being novel. Nowadays the cutting edge of education technology helps us all to learn on the move, adopt specialised software and possibly even learn through virtual reality.
The conversation surrounding the ‘digital classroom’ is growing as rapidly as the technologies which drive these advances in teaching and learning methods. The way in which this tech is integrated into learning environments has the potential to have immense impact, the outcomes of which depend largely on this implementation process. (more…)
At LapCabby we love chatting to individuals from every corner of the education space, from educators and teachers, to IT managers and schools coordinators.
Hearing from the users of device charging and syncing services is imperative, as who better to judge ICT storage than those using it?
We took the opportunity at BETT 2016 to pick some EdTech brains, and we uncovered some thought-provoking findings on the proliferation of mobile devices in the classroom and ICT storage trends. (more…)
At LapCabby the quality of our products is imperative to everything we do, and not simply so you receive a top-notch ICT storage solution – that goes without saying – but also to ensure all LapCabby users receive the highest levels of health and safety in every single trolley!
Much in the same light as the devices being used, stringent testing needs to be carried out before anything leaves the factory. This should also be applicable to the equipment used to store, charge and sync the mobile devices. You wouldn’t charge your brand new iPhone using a broken charger with loose wires, would you? (more…)
Lynsey Jenkins, Marketing Director here at LapCabby chatted to Academy Today on the ever-increasing buzz surrounding the Digital classroom, and integration of the device mesh and gamification into this environment.
Lynsey highlights the importance in not just selecting tech, but, making sure digital is practical,“gamification and the device mesh are just two examples of a raft of technology-based trends that are being considered in education, across the breadth of the industry. But the technology is only part of the journey: for it to be fully successful, we also need to make sure that these ideas are implemented correctly on a practical basis. It isn’t enough that people are now taking science lessons in virtual reality. (more…)
As classrooms and the curriculum lean further towards digital, many educational establishments are rightly recognising the practical implications that this brings to their environments. For the idea of a fully digitised classroom to take shape – as with any area of education – schools, colleges and universities must put pupil safety front and centre of the discussion.
Health and Safety in the classroom is pertinent to delivering an effective modern learning environment. The teaching staff, students and parents must be confident in safety standards and these standards must be regularly assessed, especially when the environment changes. (more…)
As children and young people are surrounded by technology, both in and outside of education, it seems everything is going digital these days, including our classrooms and learning environments.
The conversation surrounding the ‘digital classroom’ of the future is consistently evolving as technological advances perpetually occur – seemingly at a faster rate than ever before. However, the way in which these technological developments are integrated into learning environments has wide-reaching consequences.
To safeguard future economic prosperity, the UK has to ensure that its curriculum helps students develop the skills that they need. If it doesn‘t, the UK may well find itself lagging behind other forward-thinking countries and their digitally-powered economies. Here, we discuss two key themes that look set to shape and drive digital education over the coming year. (more…)
Here at LapCabby, the ISTE blog is an ongoing source of inspiration from its posts on leading research, to information and resources for the education technology community. In the run up to this year’s event in Denver in June– our friends at ISTE have compiled a set of 14 Essential Conditions. These ‘critical elements’ are a great research-backed framework to “guide implementation of the ISTE Standards, tech planning and system wide change.”
Achieving success with technologies in the classroom encompasses much more than just choosing the current devices and apps to enhance the curriculum, it is a long-term strategic move that must be future proofed. (more…)
Do you offer wireless charging and is it on your roadmap?
This is a question that has been asked and sparked many an engaging conversation across the globe in recent months where we have attended the BETT show in London, CETPA in California, FETC in Orlando and TCEA in Texas.
And it seems it has been a hot topic of debate, not just for our consumers and partners, but also across our industry sparking recent articles in The Telegraph and Wired to name a few. (more…)
Perfect for whatever mobile deployment route you’ve chosen, the new locker range from LapCabby will provide a central ‘hub’ for devices including Chromebooks, laptops and tablets – protecting your 1:1 devices and offering secure charging and storage for BYOD users. Check out the full Specifications Sheet. (more…)
Well, it’s all over for another year – and over at LapCabby we had a blast – see a few snaps below! With new products to show off, our new videos wowing the crowds, and inspiring conversations while surveying the ICT storage concerns and opinions of the busy BETT crowd, we’ve returned from the ExCel with plenty of food for thought!
Don’t worry, if you missed the show there’s still time to take our survey online – and be in with the chance of winning a DeskCabby – you can do it online, up until the end of January!
We had two new products to show off at BETT 2016, alongside our full ICT Storage range. Our new locker range perfect for BYOD and 1:1, the Locka, alongside the versatile #OneCartFitsAll UniCabby, check out our video below. (You can see all our new videos here!) (more…)
We understand that the type, size and volume of devices connecting to your network is constantly growing and you must accommodate for this to solidify an effective BYOD deployment.
Aptly named, our latest range really is universal– The UniCabby was developed to suit various devices up to 14”, including Chromebooks, netbooks, laptops and also tablets which all fit snuggly with or without protective cases.
Some key highlights of the UniCabby:
– Store and simultaneously charge up to 32 devices – regardless of brand or size
– Silent and intelligent charging – so that devices never overheat
Come and meet the team on stand B120 and find out how you can enhance your digital curriculum delivery with LapCabby. Our products bolster the return on your ICT investment, protecting the technology and devices essential in implementing and developing efficient and valuable modern learning environments.
Here are just a few reasons to meet LapCabby at BETT:
– Share your opinions on ICT storage and be involved in our 2016 Trend report
– Enter our competition – you could win a DeskCabby!
– Discover the latest additions to the LapCabby solution range
– Check out our brand new short product videos on the stand (keep an eye on Twitter for a sneak peek!)
…and last but not least meet the LapCabby team of course!
Share your opinions and you could win a DeskCabby!
We’re GIVING AWAY a LapCabby DeskCabby to one lucky establishment. All you need to do is meet us at Stand B120 complete our short survey (it will take you less than 3 minutes), we’ll register your details and enter you into the draw!
The lucky winner will be announced at the end of February 2016 via email – and on Twitter and Facebook so make sure your following!
(Not going to BETT? Don’t panic, you can take our survey online today and still be entered to win a DeskCabby!) (more…)
As we kick off 2016 with a bang we have a hectic events schedule planned, you can catch us at FETC in Florida, 12th – 15th of January on Booth 513. And we’re thrilled to reveal, we are launching the latest members of the LapCabby family at the event, including the UniCabby and an innovative static storage and syncing unit, the Locka.
Visit Team LapCabby at FETC and you’ll be some of the first people (aside from our brilliant engineers and product development team) to see the UniCabby in the flesh. Here’s a few reason’s why its worth finding Booth 513:
The #OneCartFitsAll UniCabby
Aptly named, our latest range really is universal – The UniCabby was developed to suit various devices up to 14”, including Chromebooks, netbooks, laptops and also tablets which all fit snuggly with or without protective cases.
Some other key features include:
Store and simultaneously charge up to 32 devices – regardless of brand or size
Silent and intelligent charging – so that devices never overheat
As 2016 is well and truly under-way (I’m afraid there is no denying it now) and technology can (and will) progress rapidly again this year.
Gartner has delivered its top 10 strategic technology trends expected to land in 2016, impacting on decisions in organizations until 2020, with the ‘Device Mesh’ pipped top of the list.
What is the Device Mesh?
The device mesh refers to an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses. The device mesh includes mobile devices, wearable, consumer and home electronic devices. Or in a simpler term the mix of devices you are using on your network.
So what’s driving the mesh?
The Internet of Things (IoT) was a huge tipping point in the connectivity provided and expected by the ‘postmobile’ world, where David Creeley describes users as being “surrounded by a mesh of devices extending well beyond traditional mobile devices”. But this isn’t something that is purely beneficial to the end-users; organisations from education to healthcare and enterprise are bolstering their digital services and systems. (more…)
To develop and grow a successful and motivated workforce, organisations must place priority on delivering robust BYOD and/or 1-to-1 networks, future proofed for the increase in demand for flexibility in types of devices connecting, as well as the volume of devices.
As hiring competition for companies and brands increases with the boom in millennials in the workforce and Generation Z stepping toe in the door, you can see why a recent forecast from IDC experts revealed, “Mobile workers will account for 72% of the U.S. workforce by 2020”.
Bizreport also suggests Small to Medium Businesses are going to adopt a more mobile strategy as providers recognise the growing market and costs of a BYOD roll-out are reducing.
The education landscape expects classroom-ready devices
Furthermore, EdTech magazine gave us their predictions last year, with ‘BYOD’ pipping the post for top places in 2015 – 2016, and based on NMC report they hit the nail on the head! In the 5 year timeline they gave us, ‘Wearables’ made an appearance in 2019-2020, again showing mobile devices – taken for most literal meaning – are only going to continue to grow. (And according to the NMC report we’re already seeing considerable steps taken to effectively integrate wearables into education, particularly in Japan and Switzerland.)
Whichever industry it is, and wherever it is – devices matter. More importantly, secure, charged, online and ready-to-use devices are an expectation in education and the modern workplace. Check out the whole range of LapCabby durable and energy-efficient storage, charge and sync units – all searchable by device type!
At LapCabby we strive to continually develop and advance our ICT storage solutions, by building on our innovative product ranges and understanding trends in BYOD, 1:1, 2:1 and 3:1 deployments.
We offer the most robust, high quality and cost effective laptop, tablet, Chromebook and iPad charging and syncing carts to our worldwide customer and partner base.
To help us achieve our mission we are thrilled to unveil the new LapCabby website where you can now simplify your search for the perfect storage solution to protect your ICT investment. An ideal Christmas gift, if we do say so ourselves.
Instantly request a quote for any of our products and one of the friendly team will be in touch straight away. If you’d like to ask a quick question, search our stockists or simply request a call back – you can now do all of this at the click of a button. Literally.⇓
Our ICT storage solution ranges are ever progressing, and so are we, there is a whole host of – even more – new features and content on the horizon, including new videos, surveys, case studies and whitepapers. (Not to forget the new product lines and upgrades coming up in 2016.)
So, from all of us here at LapCabby we wish you the very merriest Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
And be sure to check in with our plans for 2016.
In the run up to Christmas it’s a very busy time at LapCabby across the globe, as a treat we will let you in on some of our exciting events planned for 2016!
Come and meet the team at BETT in London, 20th – 23rd of January, on Stand B120 and find out how LapCabby can enhance the delivery of your digital curriculum and simplify and secure your BYOD, 1:1 and mobile device deployments.
And we’ll be on both sides of the Atlantic as we start off the New Year, you can catch us at FETC in Florida, 12th – 15th of January at Booth 513.
At LapCabby we are committed to delivering products to protect your ICT investment. Our static and portable ICT storage solutions secure the technology and devices which are essential in implementing and developing efficient and valuable modern learning environments. Not to mention delivering intelligent charge and sync solutions – ensuring all your devices are lesson ready!
To kickstart 2016, we will be launching the latest members of the LapCabby family across all our global territories, including the UniCabby (shown on the left) and an innovative digital device locker.
Some of the key highlights of the UniCabby include:
Stores and simultaneously charges up to 32 devices – regardless of brand or size
Silent and intelligent charging – so that devices never overheat
Have you met the newest members of the LapCabby family?
Over the past few months we’ve introduced several new LapCabby products: the Boost+, DeskCabby, TabCabby Compact 16H and 32H Compact, and finally the TabCabby 20V.
Boost+ is a portable charging and syncing gadget that accommodates up to 16 devices via USB cable. It’s the ideal partner to one of our charging trolleys, and is also a great solution for keeping devices full of juice when you’re working somewhere different.
The DeskCabby is designed especially for small spaces, fitting neatly on your desktop while providing a charge and sync solution for up to 12 tablets. You can even stack two more DeskCabbys on top to make even more room for your devices.
Our TabCabby Compacts are a space-saving version of our popular TabCabby. They take up a third less room in your workspace and are still packed with all our clever features.
Finally there’s the TabCabby 20V, our vertical tablet storage unit. This holds and charges up to 20 tablets with cases and 32 without.
Like the look of our latest innovations? We’re constantly coming up with new ideas. If you have any feedback or suggestions you’d like to share, get in touch.
Did you know LapCabby products are sold right around the world?
Since we were first launched internationally in 2010 (sending LapCabbys over to Australia, Scandinavia, Spain, France and Benelux) we’ve only continued to grow, and now our products are sold in more than 45 different countries – including over the pond in the U.S.
Recently we’ve had a whole bunch of orders from North America, Kuwait and Canada, and we can’t wait to see where we’ll expand to next.
Are you struggling to get hold of a LapCabby in your country? Let us know via our contact page!
We know you might only just have started your summer holidays, but there’s no escaping the new school term – even if it’s still several weeks away!
There’s so much to get sorted, from lesson plans and staff changes to new gadgets and furnishings. And, if you’re introducing some new technology to your classroom this September, you’ll probably be thinking about how to make sure everything runs smoothly.
With LapCabby, getting prepared couldn’t be easier or quicker. We’ve a huge variety of options available, whether you’re looking to store laptops in the classroom or tablets on a field trip.
And the best part is that our lead times stay exactly the same over the summer, so you won’t be waiting weeks for your delivery. In fact, you’ll only need to wait for up to five working days.
Sound good? Take a look around the rest of our website to browse products or find your local reseller. Have a wonderful summer!
LapCabby may have got started by supplying schools around the UK with tech storage solutions, but today we help all kinds of organisations right around the world to store, charge and sync their technology.
Some of our newest products are causing an especially big stir. The DeskCabby and Boost+ are proving really popular in other sectors, such as in hospitals, police stations and B2B training companies.
If you’re working in one of these sectors – or any other where you might be using tablets, laptops or netbooks – we’d love to talk about how LapCabby could help. Get in touch!
BETT is the world’s leading learning technology show, a place for educators from across the world to find out about all the latest innovations to hit the education sector.
We went along to show off GoCabby, one of our clever little LapCabby trolleys. GoCabby is ideal for school trips, featuring a telescopic handle and a particularly robust design to keep devices safe from jumps and bumps.
Plus, with its snazzy ventilation system on hand to keep it cool, GoCabby is one of the only portable tech storage trolleys to be able to charge and sync devices while shut and locked.
We had a fantastic time at BETT and it was fascinating to hear all about the innovative learning technology we might expect to see in the future.
If you’d like to know more about BETT 2015, just take a look at this year’s photo gallery. Perhaps you’ll spot some of the LapCabby team!