Prez. Sirleaf Endorses NOCAL Board’s Approved SAP

first_imgTo ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has endorsed the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) Board’s approved Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) aimed at ensuring the viability of the entity so that it continues to pursue its mission to develop Liberia’s hydrocarbon resources.She said the board’s action plan calls for drastic steps to control costs and put NOCAL on a more viable financial footing, adding that these would include significant staff cuts, a reconstitution of the board and retirement and replacement of the senior executive leadership.Madam Sirleaf made this announcement during a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held in Monrovia Tuesday.“I have mandated these steps because they are necessary to ensure that NOCAL can perform its duty to manage and develop Liberia’s oil resources, and to rectify recent mistakes in its performance,” she said.She recalled that the caliber of companies that were attracted to Liberia’s acreage to pursue exploration activities was also high, with major exploration deals struck between NOCAL and the world’s top oil companies, Chevron and Exxon Mobil, as well as the largest signature bonus of US$50 million ever for a “Frontier” country such as Liberia.President Sirleaf underscored that the execution of the production sharing contracts (PSCs) with these super major and other reputable international oil companies also resulted in significant interest in Liberia’s hydrocarbon sector with record licensing of seismic data and related revenue. She also noted that during this period, average revenue generated was US$30.5 million, compared to average annual revenue of US$4.5 million in prior years.This, according to her, translated into US$10.6 million annual payments to the Government’s Consolidated Fund.The average annual revenue for the sale of seismic data/component for the period 2010–2013, was US$15.6 million; a 300 % increase when compared to annual seismic revenue generated for earlier periods, she indicated.Madam Sirleaf also said that it was regrettable, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2013, NOCAL’s revenue for seismic data sale began a precipitous decline, during which total seismic revenue fell by 29 percent from the prior fiscal year and was compounded by the Ebola virus disease of 2014 that led to a reduction in investor interest across all economic sectors for the impacted West African region.“There is no doubt that the current oil price collapse and other external factors, including our recent Ebola challenge contributed to the current financial crisis that the company is facing,” She noted.She further intimated that despite the obvious decline in revenue that began in late 2013, NOCAL continued hiring staff at an alarming rate with exorbitant benefits resulting in the current wage bill of over US$7 million per annum.”She however emphasized that the alarming situation at NOCAL prompted her action to instruct NOCAL’s Board of Directors to take immediate action to ensure that the institution is restructured as well as to ensure most prudent handling of the country’s financial resources taking into account the Board’s Sustainability Action Plan.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf said the administrative actions became prudently compelling and a few members of the board will continue until an interim board is reconstituted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RCMP identify suspects connected to stolen school bus and credit card

first_img“The public really came through with a quick response,” said Cst Chad NEUSTAETER. “The public’s assistance with identifying the suspects will help the lead investigator deal with this file in a timely manner.The Fort St John RCMP continue to actively investigate this matter.The photo has been removed due to suspects being identified as young offenders. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP have identified the suspects who stole a school bus and the suspects who used a stolen credit card.On Thursday the RCMP released information about suspects who allegedly stole a school bus on August 26.  The bus was taken for a joy ride and left in a rural area, where the RCMP found it.  The five suspects caused over $5,000 in damage to the bus.By Thursday evening all the suspects in the incident were identified.- Advertisement -“The overwhelming and timely response from the public is greatly appreciated,” said Cst Chad NEUSTAETER.  This information will be very useful to the ongoing investigation.The lead investigator is continuing the investigation with the information received from the public.The second release from the RCMP on Thursday was looking for three suspects who used a stolen credit card at a local convenience store in August of 2018.  A media release was put out Thursday afternoon and by the evening all suspects had been identified.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arbroath part company with manager Todd Lumsden after loss

first_imgArbroath have dismissed manager Todd Lumsden after a recent poor run of form by the Angus club.The Red Lichties slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Stirling Albion on Saturday, leaving Lumsden’s side slumped in eighth place in League Two.Assistant manager Steven Hislop has also left his position at the club.“After a disappointing run of results and a poor league position, Arbroath FC have parted company with manager, Todd Lumsden and his assistant, Steven Hislop,” a club statement read. “The club would like to publicly thank them for their efforts since taking over towards the end of last season and wish them both well for the future. “The club will now actively seek a new management team.”last_img

Huntertown Man Arrested on 20 Child Porn Charges

first_imgDillon Douglas Kingsbery, 30, of Huntertown, IN was arrested on 20 felony charges earlier today by the Indiana State Police.All of the charges were for child pornography, the result of a nearly four-month long investigation into various allegations of crimes against children. An undercover investigation into peer-to-peer file sharing conducted by the Indiana State Police uncovered a substantial cache of child pornography during the execution of today’s search warrant at Kingsbery’s Huntertown residence.   The warrant was served by member agencies of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, inclusive of the Indiana State Police, FBI, Fort Wayne Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service.Forensic investigators were able to identify at least 6,000 files of alleged child pornography, bestiality and bondage stored on various computer devices.  Among the images recovered were a series of sexually explicit photographs and videos. Some of the recovered images allegedly involved victims previously identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).As a result of Kingsbery’s arrest he has been preliminarily charged by the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office with 10 counts of Child Exploitation, all level 5 felonies and 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography, all level 6 felonies.Investigators credit the collaborative effort of all of the agencies involved, especially that of the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, in this complex and highly technical criminal investigation.Kingsbery remains held in the custody of the Allen County Jail with bail set at $200,000.last_img read more

Sligo Rovers to begin new season against Finn Harps

first_imgSligo Rovers will play Finn Harps in a north west derby on the opening day of the 2020 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season.Liam Buckley’s side will travel to play Finn Harps on Friday, February 14th – with the first home match seven days later against St Patrick’s Athletic.Like last season, the fixture list is again frontloaded in 2020 with Rovers scheduled to play six league games during April alone.Ollie Horgan’s Finn Harps will begin their Premier Division season with back-to-back derby games against Rovers and Derry City.Harps preserved their Premier Division status by winning the promotion/relegation play-off final against Drogheda in October.last_img

Microsoft Introduces Social Lightbox Zoom.it from Live Labs and Silverlight

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Microsoft Live Labs has released an early version of a free tool for easy sharing of high-resolution Web- images. Enter a URL at http://zoom.it and it will spit out a short link and embed code for a basic but sleek image viewer that lets you zoom around an image or image of a website.The tool is usable and it looks great, reminding us of the fun and zoomy Street Slide feature Microsoft recently introduced in Bing Maps.The tool converts any image to Silverlight’s Deep Zoom format and is ideal for bloggers, photo galleries and any situation in which people would want to share high-quality images on the internet. It holds promise for e-magazines and social readers like the blockbuster iPad app Flipboard.One of the nifty uses for the app is zooming around one long, single page of a website. Here is an example, using the homepage of the Discovery Channel (in honor of Shark Week).Zoom.it was created with Seadragon, the zooming technology acquired by Microsoft in 2006 that also contributed to discovery tool Pivot and 3D photo stitcher Photosynth.Zoom.it’s creators have added several features to make this tool easy, quick to use and imminently sharable. A bookmarklet lets users grab images from the Web and dump them into zoom.it without leaving their browsers, and users can use a shortcut with the address of the image, as in http://zoom.it/?url=http://readwriteweb.com, to quickly add an image. Crucially, there is a mobile version that works with touch. adrianne jeffries Tags:#Microsoft#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Flickr Co-Founder Caterina Fake: Making Art And Technology Work Together

first_imgTags:#art#Builders#Caterina Fake#Entrepreneur#Findery#flickr#Founder Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.Entrepreneur, designer and artist Caterina Fake was one of the early pioneers of the Web. She was one of the first online graphic designers and a blogger before people thought it was normal to post personal information online.Fake has spent her career creating services that change the way we use the Web—photo-sharing service Flickr, acquired by Yahoo; decision-making website Hunch, acquired by eBay; and now Findery, an app for discovering art, history and notable destinations all around you.Findery, available on the Web, iOS and Android, is for storytelling. People can add “notes” about certain locations—for instance, detailing some history of a particular building. That lets others who are traveling or just exploring their surroundings learn things that might not be in a guidebook.“Notemaps,” or a string of notes on a similar topic, are also a way for users to share their journeys through photos, words, and location information. One notemap called “In Love” is a collection of stories about romantic journeys contributed by Findery users.Fake said that all her businesses have something in common—they combine technology with art and community, and put the people first. And while there are now screens almost everywhere we look, Fake doesn’t want people to become lost in their technology, rather use the tools and devices to amplify the present world around them.Now with notes in 196 countries and a recently launched Android app, Findery is hoping to become a new way for people to discover the community around them through photos, community and shared stories.Making Things Beautiful And UsefulCredit: Joi ItoRW: Can you talk more about how you’ve been developing for the intersection of arts and technology? What inspires you to make that connection? CF: I’m a liberal arts major. I studied art and I studied English. I almost went to grad school to study Renaissance literature. I was trained as an artist. I was trained as an oil painter. I’ve always had an affinity for it.See also: The Art Of Technology And Vice Versa: Polyvore’s Jess LeeI came out here as a recent college graduate. I had always had an interest in computers, and I’ve always been online—that was before 1994, before there was much activity online. I had been working as a painter in NYC as a fine artist, then I moved out here [to San Francisco] and I felt myself to be unemployable. But I had this skill in aesthetics that I could translate into Web design. I got into it really by accident.I carried forward these tendencies I already have. I carried it into this new realm of technology and the Internet, and it became a career. I was a very early blogger also. I started in 1998, really early on, and that was a thriving community. I always felt that was a very important part of the Internet, that people tell their stories, that there be a multiplicity of voices online and be an avenue for people to connect themselves. That’s really been something that we’ve focused on throughout all of my career. It’s been very effective for companies who build these types of communities that are arts related, and about storytelling. Sketching Out An Online VisionRW: Flickr was your first company, right? Can you talk about how you went from being a painter and designer to being a technical entrepreneur?CF: In many ways it was being in the right place at the right time. I started doing CD-ROM educational title design. This was back in the days of CD-ROMs, before the Web really took off. I got really lucky because I was living in New York and had gotten a job as a temp in the IT department at Columbia University in early 1990s. And somebody showed me a Mosaic browser, right when it came out. I had been online already and been very active in the bulletin-board days of the Internet. I was very attracted to and interested in all of this blooming technology. So I was in a good place at a good time. There was such a small community—there were so few people working in the industry at the time. It kind of felt like there were 300 people working in Web design at the time. I had spent time in online communities like The Well, and it just kind of evolved naturally from that.I did Web design, I taught myself HTML and to write basic code, I published zines, I published a blog, and put up my own website. I was on Geocities. There were a lot of really wonderful, early online communities like that. It was in ’95 that I joined Organic, one of the very first Web development shops. I took it from there. It wasn’t an obvious path. It was one of those things that if you just keep your mind open, you can look for opportunities around you.But I don’t think my parents were very optimistic about my post-college opportunities.RW: Did you set out to build an image sharing platform that just happened to become one of the most popular photo-sharing sites on the Web?Credit: Caterina FakeCF: We were hoping it would be successful, but we didn’t really have any idea how successful it would be. There’s a lot of work that went into it, a lot of luck that went into it, a lot of things happening with just the general forces of the Internet at the time. This was 10 years ago now, and the timing was just right.It was kind of like, blogging was seen as this weird fringe behavior. “Why would you want to put a picture of yourself online? That’s so weird.” That was changing. Friendster had a lot to do with it. In the early days, getting people getting over that hump of having a profile of yourself online. It was kind of a new idea.The year that we launched Flickr [in 2004]—it was the first year that the majority of smartphones were equipped with a digital camera. It was also the year that more than 50% percent of all households had broadband Internet, so you could actually download a photo. So that was a huge thing.See also: LittleBits’Ayah Bdeir: Making Hardware As AHackable As CodeA lot of things happened around that time. Another thing is that the cost of storage had been falling year after year. It used to be very expensive to operate a server, and that was dropping. It was a perfect storm of different factors … that made it the perfect time for Flickr.Looking at the current landscape, there are screens in everyone’s cars, in dashboards, on planes, the apple watch, google Glass, you can kind of see what’s going on is that people are no longer connected to, we still have all our phones, but we’re going to be liberated from our phones. And you know the sense of traveling with you is where things are going next. RW: Do you think that perfect storm of factors helped with the virality of Flickr? Do you think it’s harder to go viral on the Internet now, 10 years later?CF: In some ways, going viral is no longer the same kind of challenge it was. In some ways it’s harder, and in some ways it’s easier. There are all these different devices you have, and all these different contacts. The challenge has always been tapping your social network, those challenges have been made easier. But then, there are many social networks, there are a lot more developments going on. There’s more noise—in that aspect, it’s harder.Defining FinderyRW: Can you talk a little bit about why Findery is so unique and how you’re hoping people use the app?CF: We’ve really tried to do a couple things: We thought that location-based services were really centered around ratings, reviews and recommendations. So really about “Where should I have dinner?” or “Show me what to do here.” We wanted to get away from that sense of place.See also: Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley: How We’ll Tell You Where To Eat And What To OrderThe thing we really want to try to do is bring out the meaning and history of a place. All other aspects of the place that don’t have to do with business transactions. Bringing a travel mindset local.You know that famous slide with Steve Jobs, at the end of one of this last presentations, he was standing in front of a sign that said “Technology and Liberal Arts.” That’s kind of where we feel we are. Here’s the history of a place, here’s the sociology of a place, here’s what people are saying about this place. Here are people’s contributions.That’s what we feel we’re really good at. If you look at the companies over the years that I have been either a founder or on a board or an investor in, like Flickr, Etsy, or Kickstarter, the great common thread in them is about creativity and telling stories.Those are some of our particular strengths and what make us different from Yelp or other things. What’s really interesting about technology in general, when we started this company, it was very clear that things were going to be on mobile, and that mobile was what we should be developing for. Now wearables are becoming a reality. Screens are now going to be in the dashboard of your car. Screens not even confined to your handheld device anymore. We have this space that is really expanding to include all of these screens in places that are moving, in the back of a cab, or in front of you on the airplane. As you’re flying over Greenland, wouldn’t it be interesting to see, what’s this place like now? We are designing for all of these products that are just rolling out. So I’m super excited for us. We’re in a good position to be on all of these mobile screens.Where Technology Meets Liberal ArtsCredit: Robert ScobleRW: What were some of the most important lessons that you’ve learned after founding multiple startups? How are you applying them to Findery?Things change constantly. I don’t think that any entrepreneur can keep doing the same thing over and over. You have to know what experience to carry forward, and what experience to leave behind.I think one of the big challenges is actually cultivating beginners minds and making sure you’re still open to the world and continue to see new things. You can actually get jaded. You can stop seeing things that are new. You can start fearing failure. Those are the things an entrepreneur needs—an open mind and the ability to see the world with new eyes.That’s the challenge of being an entrepreneur. RW: How do you think Yahoo is running Flickr? Did you ever anticipate its current form? CF: It’s funny. It’s like when your company has been acquired by another company, you can care for it for a certain amount of time, then you have to let go. You can compare it to NASA and the space shuttle. You can care for it as much as you can, then the rocket ship goes into outer space, and there it is. I know exactly what I would do with Flickr right now, but I’m not running it anymore. So from my perspective, I’ve launched a rocket. You just have to hope that all of the stuff you put into it before it launched, works. The thing that’s always been the strongest thing about Flickr is the community. So long as the people continue to be supported, that’s the important part. RW: My editor Owen Thomas pointed to me about a blog post you wrote, the concept of Biz Dev 2.0. Is that something that’s translated over the years? Companies opening up their API and allowing other companies to build off it?CF: Earlier in the conversation I was mentioning that being present on all these different platforms, being on dashboards or wearables, none of that would really be possible without an API.That still holds true now more than ever. When we were developing products when I wrote that back in 2006, there were even fewer places that your data could appear. They’ve just multiplied. When we started Flickr, it was a pretty simple process. Since we’ve developed Findery, we started on the Web and mobile Web, and we had an iOS version, and now an Android version. It’s just multiplied. We were pretty much developing for a single platform 10 years ago, and you can’t do that anymore.You can’t just be constrained to one. I think that that’s even more true than ever. Being Present In The WorldRW: So what’s next for Findery? What will success look like?The Findery teamCF: One of the things that was really great is that we have an intern that said Findery changed her experience of the world. When she was walking, instead of looking down at her phone, she was being present to the world. Technology can remove us from the people and places around us—you can be going into some Internet world in the sky instead of being present where you’re standing. If we’re successful, it seems like an irony for a technology company, but it would be to make people present in places where they are and the places around themThe people on the bus, or people walking down the street, the lines in the pavement and the weather, all the stuff that’s around you. Not be so involved in the virtual world. Which sounds very old-world now. That’s a term circa 1999. Lead image by nrkbeta; others by Joi Ito, Robert Scoble and Caterina Fake; Findery team photo courtesy of Findery A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting selena larson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Femtech: Startups Changing Women’s Health Tech

first_imgHow Data Analytics Can Save Lives Ryan Ayers is a researcher and consultant within multiple industries including information technology, blockchain and business development. Always up for a challenge, Ayers enjoys working with startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. When not at work, Ayers loves reading science fiction novels and watching the LA Clippers. Speculators are eyeing several firms that could grow into colossal profit makers as the femtech market flourishes. A growing number of employers and insurers encourage employees to use family-planning apps, such as those developed by Ovia Health. In femtech, we see startups changing women’s health technology.In the last few years, there’s been a phenomenal surge in technology designed to address women’s health.There’s a fresh buzz about femtech among investors. Some believe the vertical will serve as the next speculative cash cow.Proceed With Caution: Privacy and FemtechAccording to a Rock Health venture fund analysis, 77% of surveyed consumers say that they have no problem sharing their data with physicians. However, 86% of those respondents expressed that companies shouldn’t collect health-related data without consent.The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) permits companies to sell consumer data – as long as the information is anonymized. Already, major corporations such as IBM are cashing in on the healthcare information mining industry.Firms can also collect consumer data from devices that aren’t protected by HIPAA legislation.An example of taking data from devices is fitness, health, and femtech mobile apps. Insurers and employers aggressively encourage workers to use femtech apps developed by Ovia.As an example, Activision Blizzard gaming is one of several companies that leverage Ovia apps to monitor employee health. The apps collect sensitive information regarding fertility, menstrual cycles, and pregnancy development.Activision Blizzard uses the information to determine how many of its employees are pregnant, attempting to conceive or facing a high-risk pregnancy. Company representatives admit there was backlash each time they introduced a new employee monitoring technology.Companies can overcome employee objections – in part – by emphasizing that the use of the technology is voluntary.It also helps that the company incentivized employees to use Ovia apps by paying them $1 a day. Over time, Activision Blizzard employees have developed a tolerance for company health monitoring. Analysts forecast phenomenal growth for the femtech industry. However, some start-ups enter the vertical with dubious intentions.Several entrepreneurs have entered the fintech industry with apps that have little value other than to collect user data for resale.Femtech, the Answer to a Growing ProblemThe femtech revolution can’t spin up fast enough. Today, women around the world face problematic health issues. For instance, studies show that 70% of women diagnosed with postpartum depression conceal or minimize their symptoms.Globally, physicians diagnose 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth with postpartum depression, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Women’s health is especially important because of their role in influencing and caring for children and family members.Many women, however, downplay their symptoms. Femtech may help to improve the well-being of women. Today, it’s a multimillion-dollar market fueled by pelvic health devices, menstruation monitors, and pink fitness wearables.As the femtech industry emerges, a growing number of speculators pour money into startups that create technology to address women’s health needs. Still, physicians must continue to contend with a significant segment of the female population who prefers timeworn search engine queries to manage their health needs.The Retailing of FemtechToday, retailers place femtech products such as Cora alongside popular feminine products such as Tampax. In the future, researchers envision smart tampons that collect biological samples for monthly testing. Such an innovation could help physicians diagnose women’s illnesses like cervical cancer and endometriosis.With industry insiders forecasting that femtech will rake in $50 billion annually by the year 2025, these visions of high-tech women’s care products could well become a reality. Historically, the technology industry, the healthcare field, and the business world, in general, have have overlooked women’s needs.Despite the current phenomenal growth of femtech, women are still woefully underrepresented on the business side of the industry.Among leading venture capital circles, for instance, women only represent 7% of partners. Current decision-makers in the women’s health products industry treat the vertical as a luxury, rather than a necessity. Unfortunately – just as with tampons and sanitary napkins – retailers tax women’s health products as luxury items.Nevertheless, some women’s advocates are thrilled that the male-dominated business world is paying more attention to women’s needs. At the same time, there’s a doubt as to the usefulness of some femtech products. Some people wonder what percentage of femtech products offer real value and how much of the vertical is merely marketing hype pedaled for profit.There is one line of femtech products that have earned the approval of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Glow and Natural Cycles are the first fertility apps to receive marketing clearance from the agency. While women can download both apps for free, subscription fees for advanced functionality range from nominal to exorbitant.Physicians offer a word of caution about the apps. The apps can collect a considerable amount of information, enabling more accurate fertility tracking. Still, they’re not 100% foolproof. In an increasingly connected society, people may come to expect too much from technology.Despite doctor’s warnings, however, both apps have stellar reviews from tens of thousands of users in the Google Play store. Hopefully, more truly beneficial femtech offerings will emerge as the industry matures. 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Increasing Business ROI with IoT in Facilities Management

first_imgThanks to the advanced technologies, the idea of smart offices is now becoming more trendier than ever. It’s just a matter of time until the majority of businesses will have intelligent offices. As the workplaces are getting smarter, the one thing that remains obsolete is the way facility management companies operate. Here is increasing business ROI with IoT in facilities management.Keeping various supplies in check is a tedious job for busy offices. That’s why often such non-core tasks are outsourced to facilities management companies. Today’s tech-heavy environment, offices still have to make calls or send emails to their facilities manager to get the issues resolved.Considering the fierce competition, FM business owners can’t simply afford to keep offices waiting. Enter the IoT (Internet of things). IoT is a network of physical devices that collect and share data over the Internet.Using IoT, facilities management companies can drastically improve their efficiency, customer relationship, and business ROI. But, how exactly IoT benefits facilities managers to improve their business bottom line? In this guide, we’re going to discuss this in detail, but let’s first understand the concept of IoT.What is IoT (Internet of Things)?Emergencies, IoT is a network of devices or “things” connected to the internet. The objects in IoT are loaded with sensors that collect and share data with different other devices in the network. IoT essentially enables different machines and objects to communicate with each other.A simple example of IoT in action is the smartwatch. Your smartwatch tracks your physical activity, such as the distance you run and then sends this data to the app or email. Modern applications of IoT are much more advanced than this, especially in the case of smart or intelligent offices.According to the Intel report, the number of IoT devices will reach 200 billion by 2020. A report published on Gartner predicts that more than 65% of all the business organizations will have IoT products by the end of 2020.With IoT technology, FM companies can implement low-cost sensor devices to get contextualized data in real-time and make informed decisions on time.How IoT Benefits Facilities Management Companies?Facilities management businesses need to ensure operational continuity, maintain aging infrastructure, merging legacy buildings and workplaces, and improve overall reliability and efficiency. Here’s how IoT can be a game-changer for FM companies:1. Cost Reduction and Improved EfficiencyIoT enables FM managers to streamline operations through continuous planning and monitoring of maintenance. While it’s nearly impossible to avoid maintenance and repairs, you can do a much better job with the help of a predictive maintenance feature.Predictive maintenance, also called the holy grail of maintenance, is much easier to accomplish with the help of IoT. It uses the power of data to identify the potential breakdown before it even occurs. This allows you to act before failure takes place and increase asset performance.When Boeing put the predictive maintenance feature at work, they achieved almost 13% savings on the annual operational budget.Secondly, IoT-enabled sensors can also help you optimize the way office space is being utilized. Based on the real-time data, you can provide better space management services and better schedule maintenance activities (check out the examples in the Use Cases section).2. Enhanced Safety and SecurityIoT can significantly enhance security and emergency procedures. It can improve the physical security of a building or workplace by allowing communication between sensors, security cameras, alarms, implanted tags, and so on.If any dangerous situation takes place, the pre-programmed sensors will send an automatic alert to first responders, and the occupants of the building. Sensors will prevent shutting down elevators during emergency situations and light up the exit passages.Such type of functionalities reduce the risk of injury and improve the overall safety of the workplace.On top of being beneficial, these smart security sensors are cost-effective too. According to the report, IoT security applications can reduce labor costs by almost 20%-50%. That’s a considerable saving every year.3. Reduction in Expenses on Utility CostsThe cost of water, electricity, and natural gas usage is usually high compared to other utilities. Being a facilities manager, you can leverage IoT and cloud-based analytics to find out the pattern of usage and find ways to improve the efficacy.According to McKinsey research, IoT-enabled energy monitoring can help save up to 20% of energy consumption and cost. The electric supply to the office can be integrated with IoT-enabled sensors. During the low supply and high-consumption periods, the grid will automatically switch to renewable energy, such as solar panels. The smart electric grid can even gather data from different components and optimize the delivery on its own.4. Improved Well-beingToday, business organizations are much more concerned about the well-being of their employees. IoT-enabled smart sensors can reduce the risk of work-related illnesses and injury. The sensors can monitor and automatically adjust the indoor environment to meet the needs of employees.Occupants can set their preferences, and sensors will keep monitoring and improving the humidity and temperature of the space. Sensors will also monitor noise pollution or drop in air quality and make changes to ensure a fresh and healthy environment in the office.These smart sensors can track the employee’s posture and physical activity as well. If the employee is sitting on the desk for longer, it will adjust the seat to improve posture.5. Improved Stock ManagementManaging and maintaining the consumables stock is a recurring task for facilities managers. IoT can be a real savior here. Different devices or machines like printers, refrigerators, etc., can be loaded with IoT-enabled sensors. These sensors will keep an eye on current stock and refill themselves when the stock is low.Use Cases of IoT in Facilities ManagementIoT systems can handle the majority of operations in the FM, especially the ones that are manually intensive and have low margins. Let’s check out some of the best use cases of IoT in facilities management:1. Meeting Room MonitoringOccupants do not efficiently utilize meeting rooms – it is a common concern amongst all the facilities managers out there. Collecting the data about the current usage levels can help FMs make necessary changes to improve the efficiency of the meeting rooms. Sensors can collect data such as room temperature, humidity, and the number of participants in each meeting room.Based on the data, the system will automatically adjust the room temperature, humidity, noise, and overall power usage required for the number of people. An optimization of this level can help FMs save a considerable amount of energy.Another smart application of IoT in the meeting rooms is the automatic alerts. Once the meeting room is vacated, the sensors will alert the cleaning department to make it ready for the next meeting.2. Hot Desk ManagementYou can install the ‘presence sensors’ on each desk so people can remotely check whether there are any empty seats available for booking in real-time.You can also use sensors to automatically cut down the power supply to the unoccupied desk area to save energy.3. Office Stationery, Consumables Stock ManagementSmart sensors can be installed on printers or refrigerators that will notify you in advance when the supplies are running low.Printers integrated with Amazon DRS will automatically order new ink cartridge, and the fridge in office will automatically restock itself when the snacks are depleted.4. Washroom Usage and Cleaning ManagementCleaning is one of the high volume activities and generally has low margins in the FM contract. Therefore, it’s crucial to increase efficiency and reduce the cost of cleaning activities.You can install motion sensors on washroom doors to approximate the washroom usage. The data would allow you to provide responsive cleaning services, improve the quality of service, and make efficient use of the cleaning staff’s time.You can configure the system to send alerts to the cleaning department after a particular number of uses. For example, the sensors will send alerts to the cleaning staff for washroom cleaning after every 100 users. There are many more examples of how IoT can be used in FM to improve the end-user experience and RoI.How to Evaluate Business RoI with IoT in Facilities Management?When it comes to implementing IoT in facilities management, choosing the right IoT solution provider can have a significant impact on the ROI.You need to partner with a company that has enough experience in scalability.With the experienced IoT solution partner like Imaginovation, you can expand the initial IoT setup to different floors and add more smart services to your portfolio as your business grows (I am the co-founder and CMO at Imaginovation).Make sure you have set the goals in your mind and what you want to accomplish with an investment in IoT. Ask yourself the following questions.What am I trying to solve?Is IoT the answer to my problem?How much would this save me compared to traditional solutions?Understand what specific problems you want to solve with the implementation of IoT.For example, let’s say you want to improve the efficiency of the air conditioning system in your facility. In that case, ask yourself whether you want the AC units to adjust the room temperature automatically, or you also want ACs to switch to renewable sources during low power supply or peak times.Will the additional features like fault detection system beneficial for you? Make sure you know where precisely the finish line is before starting the race.IoT has a multitude of applications in the facilities management business. If implemented correctly, it can provide a competitive edge to your business and help you stay ahead of the competition. 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first_imgPaceman Mohammad Amir has taken another step towards international re-integration following a ban for match-fixing after being included in a Pakistan training and fitness squad.Amir, former Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif served jail sentences in Britain after being found guilty in 2011 of various offences of corrupt behaviour.The trio were cleared to return to the sport by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in September after serving suspensions.Left-armer Amir, 23, is one of 26 players named for the fitness camp that will run from Dec 21-Jan 7 in Lahore, said the Pakistan Cricket Board.”I am thankful to my fans, family and my friends who always support me and encourage me,” said Amir on his Twitter account. “Will try my best to give 100 per cent to my country.”Pakistan travel to New Zealand for three Twenty20 internationals and three one-dayers against Brendon McCullum’s side starting from Jan 15.last_img read more