This week, we’re very proud to let all of our blog readers know that we’re supporting the European Innovative Users Group by exhibiting at their 19th Annual Conference to be held Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June at City University, London.
At this brilliant venue, visitors will attend a wide-ranging conference programme with the keynote speech coming from Kim Massana, CEO of Innovative Interfaces. Topics covered include ‘developing an eBooks cataloguing policy; ‘the peaks and potholes of reclassifying book stock’ and lightening rounds where visitors host informal 5-10 minute talks. There is also lots of other fantastic talks going on throughout the two days of the conference.
As for LapSafe®, we’ll be there with our highly popular Diplomat™ LMS demonstration unit, showing visitors how they could offer self-service laptop loans in their library. We’re also sponsoring lunch on the second day, yum!
The Diplomat™ LMS is a self-service laptop locker which links in with an institution’s existing library management system, allowing library users to easily borrow a laptop without the need for staff assistance. This means that even during unstaffed hours, libraries are able to offer students the flexibility of borrowing a laptop whenever the library is open – in many cases, 24/7. This innovative laptop locker will only ever deploy the best charged laptop for the user, and our unique SmartLine™ with PowaSave™ charging uses built-in cables specific to the make and model of laptop being stored and charged. All laptops are charged simultaneously and PowaSave™ detects when all laptops are fully charged and shut down the power supplies to save costs on electricity, only reinstating when the next laptop needs charging.
For more information on this self-service charging locker, visit our Diplomat™ website and if you are attending the conference we hope to see you there!
Next week we’re very proud to be taking part in a Kidsmeet event, which will be held at Elm Park Primary School in Essex. We’ll be heading along with our ExplorerLAB™ mobile science cart to carry out some science experiments with the children from Elm Park Primary School, and other schools in the surrounding area. We can’t wait!
What is Kidsmeet?
Following on from the phenomenal success of the many Teachmeets run across the country, teachers came up with the idea of holding Kidsmeets. The idea of a Kidsmeet is to get groups of pupils from different schools together and give them a platform to discuss their learning experiences by hosting group presentations for the other children.
At Elm Park Primary School’s Kidmeet, the groups of children attending are all Digital Leaders in their schools and they will be sharing their presentations with the audience, before collaborating on a number of activities. One of the activities the children will be taking part in will be our fun science experiments. We’ll be showing the children how science really can be taken anywhere, and that science is all around us. We can’t tell you what the science experiments are yet though, we don’t want to ruin the surprise!
Our very own ambassador for the ExplorerLAB™, Professor Smarty Pots, may even be making a guest appearance but we can’t make any promises, he could be off carrying out top secret science business.
Don’t forget to check out our blog over the next couple of weeks for some pictures of this brilliant event.
The ExplorerLAB™ is a mobile science lab, offering schools the fundamentals of a fixed science laboratory in a handy mobile cart. The science cart can be used as a teacher station in a fixed laboratory, as a way of updating science facilities without needing to refit a complete new laboratory, or for schools who may not have a fixed science classroom to allow them to take science into any classroom.
It’s come to that time of the year again when many publications begin to produce their university guides for 2014, whereby a huge part of the rating relies on student satisfaction.
But how can universities improve the student experience? What ways can they help boost their ranking in league tables, whilst offering potential new students a draw to apply to your university above the competition?
Offering self-service laptop loans in your library or learning spaces is a great way to present value-added extras to your students by giving them an important service to enable learning. With many university libraries now open 24/7, self-service laptop lockers allow students to borrow laptops any time of day or night, whether staff are present or not.
The Diplomat™ LMS from LapSafe® Products offers self-service laptop loans which link in with your library’s existing library management system (LMS), allowing students to allocate laptop loans to their library account. This self-service laptop locker is available from 12 to an unlimited number of bays, offering a flexible solution for any university. A student simply needs to identify themself at the locker terminal using either a MIFARE™, barcode or magnetic stripe card, or biometrics, and the Diplomat™ LMS locker indentifies to student and whether or not they are allowed to borrow a device.
Once identified, the student uses the 19” touchscreen at the locker terminal to agree to the establishment’s own terms and conditions. Once agreed, the student is allocated the best charged laptop available to borrow. They’ll be directed to the correct locker and bay number containing their allocated laptop and will simply need to reidentify themself at the locker to unlock the laptop bay. This prevents the laptop bay from unlocking and the student forgetting to collect the laptop, or being distracted.
So why not offer students at your university self-service laptop loans with the Diplomat™ LMS locker? Check out the case studies on our website of other universities currently using the laptop locker or drop our friendly sales team a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0800 130 3456.
As you may know from reading the LapSafe® blog two weeks ago, on 22nd May we proudly travelled to Ysgol y Preseli School in Pembrokeshire, Wales, to donate one of our iPad Traveller™ sync and charge cases for 16 iPads.
We’re donating the Traveller™ to the school to use initially at one of Europe’s largest cultural youth festivals, The Urdd National Eisteddfod, also held in Pembrokeshire. The school has a large stand at the event, which is running from 27th May to 1st June, to reach out to other schools and help them to understand the best ways to use iPads in the classroom and beyond.
Serena Davies is Co-ordinator of Prosiect eDdy and has organised the school’s attendance at the festival, something she felt was sorely needed as the schools believes that iPads are being purchased without an understanding of their true potential for educational purposes.
After the festival, the iPad Traveller™ case will allow Serena to easily transport fully charged and synchronised to other schools she visits, whilst also being used around Ysgol y Preseli School and in their Digital Learning Room. What a fantastic cause!
Check out our selection of pictures of children using technology around the school, and of the handing over ceremony:
We’ve got some very exciting news here at LapSafe® this week as we’re proud to announce that our ClassBuddy™ storage and charging trolley will be available on a 2 – 3 day delivery service* through our brand new distribution partner, Computer 2000. That’s right, as of 23rd May, the ClassBuddy™ laptop and netbook trolleys will be available to purchase through Computer 2000 on a speedier service, meaning your mobile ICT management solution could arrive in as little as 2 to 3 days. Brilliant!
The ClassBuddy™ range offers storage and charging for up to 15, 20 or 30 laptops, or 30 netbooks/tablets, and charges the devices’ their own AC adaptors. Our LapSafe® power management system, included as standard, ensures all devices are charged simultaneously with no risk of tripping fuses.
The ClassBuddy’s part welded steel chassis and three point locking doors provide secure centralised management for devices. The doors are mounted with a full height hinge to minimise accessibility by thieves and the flush design of the ClassBuddy™ trolley has been achieved with recessed handles which allows for easier stowage. Separate keys are provided for the rear door to inhibit access by unauthorised personnel.
The ClassBuddy™ laptop trolley is provided with a 3 year warranty. It meets all required British Safety Standards and HSE guidelines and has been independently CE Certified.
*dependent on colour choice and stock
We’ve got a very exciting announcement to make on today’s blog, and we can’t wait to share this brilliant news.
We’re proud to announce that we will be supporting Ysgol y Preseli School in Pembrokeshire, Wales at one of Europe’s largest cultural youth festivals, The Urdd National Eisteddfod, by donating one of our popular Traveller™ for iPads charge and sync cases. The festival, also held in Pembrokeshire, will be running from 27th May to 1st June, and the school will have a large stand there to reach out to other schools, helping them understand the best ways to use iPads in the classroom and beyond.
Serena Davies, Co-ordinator of Prosiect eDdysg at Ysgol y Preseli and the brains behind the school’s stand, had little funding for the project but felt it was sorely needed as the school believes that parents, pupils and other schools are buying iPads without truly understanding their potential in education. Through her fantastic efforts in fundraising, Serena managed to raise the funds for 3 iPads but this wasn’t enough for her mission. Instead, she decided to turn to local businesses for their help and has managed to acquire a set of 22 iPads, covers and keyboards, as well as numerous apps.
Aware of our reputation for supporting schools, Serena contacted us here at LapSafe® back in February, and we were only too happy to help! We were inspired by her plans to utilise the new technologies, and decided that the Traveller™ would offer Serena the ideal solution to store, charge and sync her iPads whilst offering her a way to easily transport them to the showcase and any other schools she visits. What’s more, the Traveller™ will be kept in the school’s Digital Learning Room which will benefit not only Ysgol y Preseli School, but the surrounding schools too, and teachers that will use the room over the coming years.
We’re very excited to be going to present the case to the school on 22nd May, so stay tuned to the blog for pictures!
Only one more week until IFSEC International!
Flyers are being printed, banners being rolled and come Monday 13th May our friendly LapSafe® team will be smiling and ready to rumble on Stand A30.
Taking place on the 13-16 May 2013 at the NEC Birmingham, IFSEC International commercial and government security is the largest event for the security industry, bringing together the entire security buying chain in one place. This ensures you have the best opportunity to discover and purchase the latest technology and solutions for your business. Best of all, it’s completely free to attend! You can register by visiting the website here.
So, what can you expect to see from the LapSafe® team at this event? The answer is quite simply one of our newest and most coveted products, the Diplomat™ with Nedap LoXS®, which is a self-service multi-bay locker system designed to store and safely charge laptops and other similar devices.
Our partnership with Nedap LoXS® offers users the ability to integrate with existing Nedap card systems, offering a completely keyless solution incorporating self-service laptop loans or BYOD schemes in your organisation. The Diplomat™ with Nedap LoXS® can be also accessed by a variety of RFID cards including MIFARE™. The user simply scans or swipes their ID card at the terminal and through the web server database integration the user is identified and access granted or denied.
So please come and see us on our stand A30, where our friendly team with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the education and commercial Sectors, coupled with extensive IT skills, will be waiting to chat and take you through our exciting range.