If you are a leader or manager working in HE institutions or FE colleges, then I am sure you are already planning your trip to the Higher Education Expo 2013 on Thursday 17th October at Olympia Central, London. The Expo is free to attend and gives the opportunity for leaders, managers, research staff and lecturers in higher education and FE colleges the chance to find solutions, discover new products and find services that will help to manage costs and give a greater choice to students.
This year LapSafe® is excited to announce that we will be attending the show; demonstrating 4 of our most popular and innovative products for securing, syncing and charging laptop and tablet devices on stand 111.
- Our Traveller™ range offers highly portable solutions to store and charge netbooks, tablets, eReaders or games based learning devices.
- For cost effective management and safe device charging, we have our ClassBuddy™ range which is suitable for all models of laptop, netbook or tablet. The range comes in 15, 20 or 30 bays for laptops and a 30 bay for netbooks/tablets.
- The highly secure Mentor™ range features integrated charging, eliminating the use of AC adaptors. One of the main features of the Mentor™ range is Powasave™, which detects when devices are fully charged and automatically shuts off the power.
- For those looking to enhance a university library, our Diplomat™ LMS self-service charging lockers will be on display. The Diplomat™ LMS can integrate with most Library Management Systems and loan laptops using either, MIFARE™, barcode or magnetic stripe card or biometrics. Many of the students who have used the Diplomat™ LMS have all agreed that it improves their student experience, offering 24/7 access to ICT.
If you haven’t already, make sure you register for the show today. Please come and say hello to our highly experienced sales team on stand 111, who will be pleased to answer any questions and take you through a demonstration of our products.
It was wonderful to see 6 British universities named in the widely respected QS World University Rankings last week reported by The Independent, one of which LapSafe® has recently been very proud to work with.
Universities are constantly evolving, however as the Independent reported, “The widely respected QS World University Rankings show there is no cause for complacency – as more UK universities are slipping down the world university league table than improving their position.“
This is the first year that the rankings have been published since the introduction of higher university fee’s, which now allows up to £9,000 a year to be charged. We have recently seen that institutions are starting to look at what they can now offer students over and above other universities. LapSafe® is thrilled to have been working with many universities around the country as they choose to introduce a range of self-serving charging lockers. The Diplomat™ LMS dynamic self-service charging lockers offer students access to self-service laptop loans anytime and anywhere, allowing open access learning for students or users. They simply need to approach the laptop locker and identify themselves at the integral touch screen terminal, using the appropriate identification technology. The charging locker can also be fully integrated with most Library Management Systems (LMS) meaning that the interface can be used in 35 different languages, allow students to view their library account balance, other outstanding loans and print receipts.
If you would like to come and try the unit for yourself, LapSafe® will be attending the Higher Education Expo 2013 show on Thursday 17th October at Olympia central, London. It is free to attend and our Diplomat™ LMS self-service charging lockers will be on display on Stand 111. If you’re not able to visit us at the Expo, then take a look at our dedicated Diplomat™ Charging Lockers Website here.
It was reported in the Western Morning News last week that Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the theft of Apple devices worth more than £5,000 from a school in Dartmoor. It is thought that the 21 tablets were taken during the school holidays. Unfortunately, this is not a rare occurrence these days, more and more schools and businesses are becoming targets of theft. Laptop, computer and tablet security has always been important to us at LapSafe, and recently we have had many of our customers asking us for tips on protecting expensive IT equipment. For that reason, we have compiled a list of 10 important tips for securing your devices:
- #tip 1: Create an IT security procedure including how laptops/tablets should be physically secured at work & home
- #tip 2: Make sure you follow your IT security procedure and train staff to do the same
- #tip 3: Appoint an IT security manager to train staff to secure their mobile IT & regularly review training offered
- #tip 4: ALWAYS encrypt your data
- #tip 5: Encryption isn’t enough! Physical restraints are the only way to keep your mobile IT truly safe
- #tip 6: Locking IT in cupboards won’t keep it safe. Protect laptops/tablets in a secured lockable cabinet
- #tip 7: Use a laptop trolley made of steel, not wood/plastic, designed to resist crowbars, cutters & lock-pickers
- #tip 8: Fix laptops/devices to furniture with security cables or lockdowns
- #tip 9: Don’t talk about your IT assets online – it alerts thieves
- #tip 10: Don’t tell the press when you’ve bought new equipment – it alerts thieves
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to guard against device and data loss is to use physical security; with the increase of companies and educational establishments using ex
pensive Apple devices, the experienced team at LapSafe have created a brand new website -here to help you choose the right security solution for your establishment. You can also find more #tips and information on security by following us on twitter @LapSafe and ‘liking’ us on our Facebook page
For years doctors and health care officials kept away from using information technology with patients, as laptops were thought to be too cumbersome to carry around and use while chatting at a bedside. When the Apple iPad was introduced in 2010, the 10 inch tablet helped to open many people’s eyes in the healthcare industry. They found it was easier to access patient records, medical images, look up drug information, schedule appointments and even show educational and helpful videos to patients at their bedside. When the 8 inch iPad mini was introduced and made to fit in one hand, even the most reluctant of healthcare professionals were a little more convinced.
The iPad is progressively replacing the clipboard in the NHS and private hospitals. Doctors on hospital rounds can use iPads to collect patient information, place orders and prescribe drugs, as well as being able to speak to a patient from a remote location via face time if there is an emergency.
Medical students have also been enjoying the advantages of using an iPad; no longer do they need to carry around heavy textbooks, as most are now available to download. There are also a number of medical Apps, many of them free, which can be used to assist in their training, such as the option to record lectures and take notes.
iPads have also reportedly been used to help patients through certain operations, if a patient is required to stay awake, they can use the iPad to answer puzzles or questions set by the consultant to monitor their cognitive state during the operation. There are also studies to say that iPads are helping to aid certain patient’s recovery rates, especially those in young children.
It seems to me, that the use of information technology and in particular the Apple iPad, is definitely a step in the right direction. Our health care officials have so much information at their fingertips; speeding up a patient’s diagnosis or aid a child’s recovery can only be good for all involved.
The use of iPad technology of course comes at a cost, and making sure they are kept secure and charged is paramount. Here at LapSafe we offer an exclusive range of products for secure storage, charging and synchronisation of iPads and other tablet devices.
As the school holidays finish and children return to school, many find that their school has switched from PC’s to Apple Mac’s or even started to deploy iPads. Nowadays, more and more schools and colleges are switching to Apple for their IT learning. However, it is not just the education industries that have been embracing Apple technology. Airports, hospitals, restaurants, insurance companies and even Formula 1 racing teams are reeking the benefits of what the Apple iMac or iPad can offer them. Likewise we are seeing iPads or tablets deployed within the business and banking world.
Making sure these high value and innovative devices are not at risk from thieves is one of the main issues that schools and businesses are currently facing. Only this Month, two Apple iMacs were stolen from a school in Lincolnshire during the night. Securing such devices should be high on every user’s priority list, whether in business or education.
I’ve been following with interest the arguments relating to e-books v traditional books. I have to admit that I’m a lover of my eReader; mainly because of the weight it saves in my handbag and the fact that I can make the print larger so don’t have to wear my glasses! However, I do still love browsing through books shops and libraries; the whole experience is very relaxing and de-stressing.
In less than a decade, e-books have become a major player in the publishing industry, representing about 25 percent of total book sales, but this growth seems to be reaching its plateau. In the U.S. e-book sales grew only 5 percent in the first quarter of 2013 and this seems to be the case around the World.
Why is this? Is it because you can read ‘words’ from various electronic devices, not just specifically designed e-books? We can now read words using iPads, tablets, desktops, eReaders and mobile phones; in fact nowadays we can use most devices with a screen.
At LapSafe® we have a real mixture of preferences, 50% of the staff still choose to read from traditional books, with 30% using either an eReader or similar device. Interestingly the rest read from their smartphones. We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
Despite traditional books still being the most popular, more and more schools are making good use of e-books. One of the advantages is that students can have immediate access to electronic books and they don’t have to join a queue to wait for the most popular books to become available.
LapSafe® has launched as part of its Traveller™ range, a storage and charging solution for the electronic books. The Traveller for eReaders offers a highly portable solution that stores and charges up to 16 eReaders. The case is both robust and light and made from shockproof plastic. The Traveller™ for eReaders has in-built ventilation and offers charging with the lid closed.
Libraries have always been important to children and adults alike. Today, we are in the midst of a tremendous shift in the way we consume literature and find information. However, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that libraries continue to play a central role in providing open and free access to information and resources for everyone. Whether the library is public or belongs to a university, the importance remains the same. But how has the technology changed over the years?
Visiting the library in the 1970’s meant entering a quiet and sometimes odd and damp smelling environment. There was often a lady stood behind a desk holding a book stamp, while glaring at you through heavy rimmed glasses daring you to speak or make the slightest noise.
Back then you could only use the library to borrow books, cassette tapes and if you needed to do some research; you were required to spend hours sitting behind a specialist machine searching through reams of microfilm. Nowadays, libraries have been turned into modern learning and information centres. Although their role as a physical location for cataloging and loaning books is still an important one, you are now able to access information technology, use free Wi-Fi and some universities are now loaning tablets and laptops for public use.
LapSafe® has been working with many universities, libraries and businesses around the world installing our Diplomat™ LMS Range of self-service charging lockers. The Diplomat™ LMS securely stores and safely charges laptops, netbooks or tablets in individual user bays linking to most Library Management Software, so can loan out a laptop or similar device just like a book! Aston University based in Birmingham have a 48 bay Diplomat™ LMS and have found it to be extremely successful and helps to utilise their students university experience. It also offers students 24 hour self-service access to laptops. Please find their case study here. Libraries still need to be a free and welcoming centre for all ages to research, to sit and read books – whether it be for community interests, educational needs or just to meet other likeminded people. However, I’m sure technology will continue to play an increasing role in shaping the future of our libraries in the UK and worldwide.
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