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Florence County School District Five in Johnsonville, South Caroline, according to District Superintendent Randy Smiley says that, this year, the district will be prioritizing increasing safety measures in its schools, looking into security measures like swipe card entry systems and the like.
The district, back in regular operations by October, applied for grants through the region’s Abbeville process to get funding that the district will use to get security upgrades for the schools in the district, Smiley says. He elaborates, saying that the district saw an opportunity to get some work and upgrades done that they had wanted to tackle, but couldn’t in the past.
The Abbeville Capital Improvement Fund granted $915,000 to the Florence County School District Five, which Smiley says is what allowed the district to focus on improving security in their schools, fortifying entrances and other doors.
Smiley elaborates, saying that front entrances will now feature cameras, as well as necessitating ringing in for entry. This will allow secretaries inside the premises to see visitors with the cameras, have a remote conversation with them, and then allow them inside should they wish to.
Other common entrances that tend to be frequently used by teachers and/or students, will now get swipe card entry systems for security. According to Smiley, not only with entry points stay locked unless whoever is trying to enter has the right identification for access, but that principals can also control when the doors are open. He says that this measure is to for safety, of the school and of anyone entering, as they don’t want people entering the building alone, unsecured, and if they’re late. A school, he elaborates, have a lot of things happening at any given time, and they just want all the people in it safe, adults and children alike.
Johnsonville Elementary School Principal Dayne Coker says that the key-cards, which will double as IDs, will allow for an easier system, as they’re less prone to getting lost than normal keys.
The district’s camera system will also be upgraded, with new, clearer cameras, some allowing for a 360-degree view. They’ll allow for better viewing with their increased quality and numbers, Smiley says, letting people monitor places unseen before. Principals and law enforcement can also log on to the cameras’ system whenever and wherever, should the need arise.
Other planned upgrades include upgrades in the district include new flooring, HVAC upgrades and improving the lighting. Also, renovations are to be conducted at the district office.
Since the introduction of funeral homes, it has been associated as a dark place wherein everyone who enters is in the state of mourning. The same vibe has been given off by funeral homes in Sydney but in Idaho they are trying to change this notion by creating party rooms. These rooms can be utilized by the grieving family to celebrate the life of the one who passed away by having a glass of wine and organizing other activities.
Cremations are now in demand because this option is less costly. This provides flexibility to the grieving families as the plan the memorial of their loved one. In Idaho, traditional burial is decreasing and people are no longer tied to wearing black.
According to a mortician and funeral home owner, Heidi Heil, people nowadays are no longer willing to spend ten thousand dollars for a traditional funeral. Majority of her clients are expressing their unwillingness to plan for an expensive funeral service. The younger generation, on the other hand, no longer felt that they should follow the traditional religious service but prefers to have casual events as a tribute to the deceased.
Funeral homes must adapt with these changes thus their offerings are also changing. Heil said that their job description has become more general that they are now considered to be event planners. They plan for the venue as well as the event.
Heil’s funeral home is already equipped with an outdoor patio and it also has an indoor kitchen. Regardless, the set up is still far from being an event centre thus she decided to apply for a liquor license back in 2013. This is because she has noted that many of her clients are craving for alcohol during these events.
Heil admitted that she thinks of herself as a visionary because she has already foreseen that people will eventually turn to cremation and traditional burial will gradually become a part of history. This is also something that many funeral homes in Sydney are in agreement with because they are already seeing how the tides have changed.
Front and Sullivan, a business consulting firm, praised the new line of embedded box PC manufactured by Dell which is intended for industrial environment. The series released by Dell are the 3000 and 5000 box PCs and these are the same range, which received the North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership. This is another proof that the products are the leading in the current market.
The award is very important for Dell because this is the first time that the company launched their own range of embedded PCs and it has received recognition right away.
The box PCs are considered to be quite powerful when used as stand-alone computers which were developed to be used in a number of applications relating to industrial sector. It is suitable to be used in fleet management, video surveillance and handling of point of sales.
The models are not only versatile but they are also ruggedly made which is why the computers are ideal to be incorporated seamlessly in different kinds of form factors.
According to Rohit Karthikeyan, the research analyst of Frost & Sullivan, the 3000 series of the embedded box PCs is suitable for environments wherein tiny footprint is necessary. The 5000 series, on the other hand, is recommended to be used in applications requiring high level of bandwidth.
It is common for industrial computers to be designed in a way that it can handle harsher environments and this is the same factor that has been considered by Dell when they created the new series.
Karthikeyan added that the products can withstand harsh settings because these computers are fanless and they are equipped with solid state drivers. When it comes to embedded PCs, the most common components that are easily damaged are the rotating drivers and the fans.
One notable feature of the computers is that they can be used in an operating temperature ranging between 0 and 50 degrees Celsius despite the lack of air flow. The new range of embedded box PC is part of the measure being conducted by Dell in order to penetrate the market of IoT.
The truth is, giving away branded merchandise to your target customers can mean allocating a good amount of money for your marketing or branding. To be realistic about it, consider the costs as expenses and not investments so for you not to expect anything in return. If you want to keep your branding expenses at a minimum level, take a look at these ideas.
Ask for cost estimates
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Opt for bulk orders
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Search for great deals
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