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A round up of some new tech innovations from Panasonic, Lifesize, Riello-ups, Quadient and Ezeep

Panasonic’s most rugged and powerful Android tablet to date, the Toughbook A3 tablet with 10.1in display is also longer lasting than its predecessor (the A2), with a standard battery life of 9 hours or 15.5 hours with optional large batteries. The fully rugged, water and dust-resistant device is drop-tested to 1.5 metres, can be used with gloves and is viewable in all light and weather conditions, including rain. Panasonic COMPASS 2.0 management tools offer rapid configuration and enhanced security updates.

Safety training

Already used in Australia and now available in the UK, the Soul Safe online training and business certification programme is a quick way to train staff in infection prevention and control, with separate modules on Covid-19, virus theory, hygiene, physical distancing and Covid-secure workplaces. Certified businesses can display a Soul Safe badge on their premises to reassure visitors and employees.

Quadient Parcel Pending

Self-service deliveries

Quadient has announced the UK launch of Parcel Pending by Quadient Parcel Locker Solutions. Designed for multi-tenant residential buildings and offices, the solutions automate the receipt (and return) of parcels. Once a package has been placed in a locker by the carrier, the intended recipient receives a one-time PIN or barcode for self-service pick-up, via email, SMS or in-app notification.

End to end encryption

Lifesize is enhancing its cloud video conferencing solutions with end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for all paid for and free subscriptions. Due to be deployed automatically on a rolling basis in Q3 2020, Lifesize E2EE will enable users of Lifesize meeting room solutions and desktop/mobile/web apps to encrypt audio and video streams end-to-end using a key shared among meeting participants. Media will be encrypted from each participant, stay encrypted while in transit and on Lifesize servers, and can only be decrypted on clients that have the key.


No server required

With the launch of the ezeep for Azure cloud printing platform, developed specifically for Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, ThinPrint has become the first cloud printing solution to enable print rendering to take place entirely in the cloud. Until now, cloud printing solutions have only connected printers with users, leaving print rendering to take place on the user’s device or on a company server. With ezeep for Azure cloud printing, users can install plug and play ezeep Hubs in branches and remote offices, giving users full access to almost any model of network printer without the need for print servers. All print data is compressed, TLS encrypted and transferred to the ezeep Hub without the need for VPN connections.


Super-efficient UPS

Riello UPS has launched a 500 kVA model in its super-efficient NextEnergy (NXE) range of transformerless uninterruptible power supplies. The NXE 500 incorporates a host of energy-saving features to reduce power consumption and running costs. These include an Active Eco operating mode that powers the load using the bypass line as well as acting as a filter that eliminates the need for power factor correction, boosting efficiency to 98.5%. Up to eight units can be used in parallel to increase capacity or add redundancy.

smartways 2

Smarter workspace management

Smartway2 has added extra Covid-safe workplace functionality to its cloud-based workplace scheduling technology (see last month’s issue). These include: contact tracing reports – if someone falls ill, Smartway2 can identify colleagues that have been in close proximity to the infected person; ‘low Covid risk’ self-certification and management approval for employees who want to return to the office; and employee sentiment surveys whenever someone books resources.

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