Transport for London (TfL) has placed contracts for seven routes, totalling 184 double-decker buses, to start between August and December.Of these, 117 will new new Euro 6 hybrids, the rest existing double-deckers (of which 22 are existing Euro 5 diesels).Also, 10 Euro 5 hybrids operated by London General will be upgraded to Euro 6 hybrids.The routes are 5, 6, 15, 18, 22, 98 and 115.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is among the buildings adopting automated integration of mechanical systems, including the above-pictured water pipes.If the main air handling unit at Phoenix Children’s Hospital suddenly fails, another equally powerful chiller kicks in within seconds.Simultaneously, the medical complex’s high-tech control system sends an alarm to the 24-hour-monitored security panel and an alert to a facility technician’s hand-held device — essentially a text messaged work order to fix the downed system ASAP.While a hospital has unique issues — among them, immobile patients and pricey medical equipment with critical temperature limits — linking building maintenance operations to each other and to the human beings who can fix them is an escalating trend within all commercial real estate sectors.Chris Hernandez, president of Phoenix-based Hernandez Cos., which has been providing general contracting and maintenance services for office and industrial properties for 37 years, said 75 percent of his customers have some level of automation that integrates the mechanical systems.“We see it with HVAC, electrical systems, plumbing,” he said. “Everything we do has a technology component. It’s a natural progression.”Far from a burden to those who have to install, repair and/or maintain those mechanical systems, the real-time problem detection, auto shutdown of expensive equipment if the temperature exceeds safe operating ranges, and immediate notification to a building engineer, are a boon to all parties involved, Hernandez said.Even if it means getting a late-night gig.“If you have an (HVAC) problem at 7 p.m., you can get somebody working on it and have it fixed by 8 a.m. when people get to work,” he said. “A building is a living, breathing place. It’s telling us when it needs attention.”Property managers are on board, too.At Gaedeke Group’s 2800 Tower, “You can turn up the heat from your smartphone while you are sitting at a concert,” said Laura Crosby, property manager for the 21-story Class-A office building in downtown Phoenix.That’s a tenant perk, she said, but if the heat spikes because of a problem with the core cooling system, chief engineer Rod Harmon’s cell phone gets buzzed.Harmon can check, via Wi-Fi, any of the building’s 400 heat pumps, diagnose the problem, press a virtual reset button and/or turn a faulty unit on or off.“It’s the direction everything is headed,” he said.All PCH’s critical building operations are integrated through technology that provides multiple levels of redundancy and ensures patient and employee safety and satisfaction aren’t compromised, said Farid Melki, facility management director.If there is a fire detected anywhere on the 34-acre campus, for example, the system alerts the fire department, shuts down elevators, activates fire doors, and blasts notifications to impacted areas, the hospital safety officer, security, facilities technicians and hospital administrators.PCH’s upgraded programmable building integration framework was installed three years ago when the hospital underwent a major expansion.The payback was immediate, Melki said, in such quantifiable terms as energy savings, extending equipment life, keeping warranties valid, and eliminating the cost of redoing a procedure — say, if an MRI had to be shut down mid-scan because the room temperature topped 70 degrees.Add to that unquantifiable measures such as keeping patients cool and comfy and a “crisis” invisible to all except those who need to resolve it, he said.One category of commercial real estate contractors has watched job responsibilities expand with automation and integration, said Anderson Security CEO Kim Matich.Since security may be an office or industrial property’s only 24/7 operation, it is often the primary recipient of building system alarms.In the last decade, security operations have become more sophisticated to accommodate the trend, Matich said, and security personnel job descriptions have expanded to include making minor repairs to late-night malfunctions.At the Galleria Corporate Centre in Scottsdale, for example, security as well as the on-call engineer get text alerts for building maintenance problems.The problems can range from a wet sensor tripped to an exterior door opened to a chiller shutdown, Matich said.The Anderson Security officer at Galleria is charged with making stop-gap measures, communicating with the on-call engineer, and, if requested by the engineer, taking instructions to fix the problem.
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PCTEL has entered into a Product Representation agreement with Antioch, Illinois-based EPI Technologies. EPI will be the exclusive representative for their SeeHawk Engage portfolio in the upper Midwest. The portfolio consists of User Equipment (UE)-based mobile network performance test and engineering tools.“Everyone at EPI is very excited about bringing on the PCTEL product line,” said Mike Saxton, President and Owner at EPI Technologies. “PCTEL is a best-in-class manufacturer in the wireless testing market with a proven track record and a superior product. They make a great addition to our line card, providing our customers with even more product options,” added Saxton.“I’m pleased to bring on a high quality organization like EPI to extend the reach of the PCTEL salesforce,” said Jeff Miler PCTEL’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales for RF Solutions. “The EPI team has a unique combination of technical selling talent and customer relationships. Both of our organizations as well as the industry as a whole will benefit from this relationship,” added Miller.
Auburn University officials say the display area of the new football scoreboard at Jordan-Hare Stadium is expected to measure 190 feet by 57 feet. The video board cost $3.5 million. Jacksonville State running back DaMarcus James and the Gamecocks will play at Auburn on Sept. 12. Editor’s note: Over the 12 days leading up to the beginning of preseason camp, the Advertiser will take a look at each of Auburn’s 12 regular season games.After starting the season off against Louisville in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, the Tigers will make their home debut the second week of the season against FCS foe Jacksonville State.This game will likely not be circled on Auburn’s schedule, but you can bet it is for the in-state Gamecocks. The reigning Ohio Valley Conference champions are coming off of a 10-win season under second-year coach John Grass. Auburn will be heavily favored, and fans will get to see the 2015 Tigers for the first time and get to check out the new video board, which is the largest in the country. Game 2 Jacksonville State GamecocksDate: Sept. 12Time: 11 a.m.Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)TV: SEC NetworkCoach: John Grass (10-2 in one year; second season with Jacksonville State)2014 record: 10-2, 8-0 OVC (conference champion) Series history: First meeting between the two teams2014 rankings/game (FCS/OVC)Scoring offense — 35.2 (19th/2nd)Total offense — 510.8 (4th/1st)Scoring defense — 21.7 (26th/1st)Total defense — 317.4 (17th/2nd)Returning starters: 19 (9 offense, 7 defense, 3 special teams) Returning leaders OFFENSEPassing: QB Eli Jenkins, RS-Jr. — 127-of-222 passing (57.2 percent), 1,870 yards, 12 touchdowns, 9 interceptionsRushing: RB Troymane Pope, Sr. — 123 carries, 715 yards (5.8 average), 6 touchdowns; Jenkins — 132 carries, 698 yards (5.3 average), 6 touchdownsReceiving: WR Josh Barge, RS-Jr. — 56 catches, 919 yards (16.4 average), 4 touchdowns; WR Ruben Gonzalez, RS-Sr. — 25 catches, 350 yards (14.0 average), 2 touchdownsDEFENSETackles: S Folo Johnson, RS-Jr. — 71; S Debarriaus Miller, Jr. — 55Tackles for loss: DE Chris Landrum, RS-Sr. — 91/2; DT Devaunte Sigler, Sr. — 9Sacks: DE LaMichael Fanning, RS-Sr. — 4; Landrum — 31/2Interceptions: CB Jermaine Hough, Sr. — 4 3 things to know about Jacksonville State: Former Tigers: Two former Auburn players will be on the opposing sideline, defensive linemen Devaunte Sigler and Chris Landrum. Both players were members of the post-championship 2011 recruiting class. The two former Tigers combined for 181/2 tackles for loss and seven sacks last season, and will probably be playing with something to prove back at Jordan-Hare.Watch the legs: Jacksonville State had the No. 4 rushing offense in the FCS last season (285.3 yards per game), in large part to the dual-threat ability of quarterback Eli Jenkins. The Tigers struggled against running quarterbacks last season, resulting in two losses. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott ran for 121 yards and two scores, Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace ran for 56 yards and a touchdown, and Alabama’s Blake Sims scrambled for 23 yards and a score. Auburn will have to keep an eye on Jenkins’ playmaking ability.History in Tigers favor: In their last five games against FCS opponents (Samford twice, Western Carolina, Alabama A&M and Chattanooga), the Tigers have won by an average score of 48.4 to 11.4. Last year against Samford, Auburn won 31-7.Next up: LSUGo Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps here
In the conversation with Lothar, we remained only “on the ice” and stuck to the topic of hockey.In the first part of the podcast, we discussed the composition of Riga’s “Dinamo” line-up, the biggest off-season surprises, as well as discussed the Latvian players who received a “basket” from Pēteris Skudras.We also outlined the strengths and weaknesses of the upcoming season in Riga, as well as predicted whether we need to close our eyes before thinking about entering Riga “Dinamo” in the playoffs, or this year the Latvian team really has a chance to qualify for the playoffs, which fans are looking forward to.In the second act of the conversation, we “moved” to North America and discussed how much it would be necessary for Latvian “North Americans” to gain practice in Europe this autumn. At the same time, another question needs to be asked – would Latvian “North Americans” benefit the specific KHL units they join (for example, Riga’s “Dinamo”)?Then we looked at the opportunities for Latvians playing in the AHL and NHL next season, and (forgetting the nationality record in our passports) we tried to help Columbia’s Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekelainen answer the “million dollar” question – which of the men’s goal men to keep? Elvi Merzlikina or Jonas Korpisalo?At the very end of the podcast, Lothar also offers his prediction for this season’s NHL champions.Audio: Podcast “In the Square, It’s on the Tongue” Episode # 06Follow Apollo as well Instagram – everything exciting, beautiful and important in one place!
North American organisation Pittsburgh Knights has announced SmileDirectClub as its ‘smile confidence’ partner.The teledentristry company’s first foray into esports will see it provide its services to Knights’ players and personalities and sponsor a new weekly video series. Image credit: Pittsburgh KnightsJames O’Connor, President of Pittsburgh Knights commented in a release: “I think a lot of esports fans will appreciate that this is a high quality, low cost product that has the ability to improve their lives. SmileDirectClub mirrors one of our root goals as a company, which is to make people happy.”In summer, SmileDirectClub will activate the partnership by inviting customers to its shop in Atlanta to meet players that represent Pittsburgh Knights. It will also be a featured exhibitor at Replay FX, another of the organisation’s most recent partners.Alex Fenkell, Co-founder of SmileDirectClub also discussed the partnership: “SmileDirectClub is excited to join the esports space as the Pittsburgh Knights’ newest partner. We are honored to have the opportunity to show both the players, and their fans, what the power of a new confident smile can do.”Pittsburgh Knights announced a jersey sponsorship from convenience store chain Sheetz earlier this month; the deal also includes partnership activation that are yet to be detailed. The organisation joined forces with NFL team Pittsburgh Steelers in December last year.Esports Insider says: This is certainly, well, different; we’re used to seeing gaming chair partnerships and football clubs entering FIFA – not deals with dentistry companies. With that being said, it’s cool to see innovative and imaginative partnerships such as this and the proof will be in the pudding when it comes to see how effective it is.Join our Discord Server!
The doors will be open for the audience at 5:40 p.m.For more information or to purchase show tickets, please contact the Glacier Gymnastics Club at 352-2227. The Glacier Gymnastics Club is once again rolling out the red carpet to the public to be a part of the annual Year End Show set for June 11-12 at the Civic Centre facility.The show runs from 6-7:30 p.m. with Glacier’s competitive and developmental teams headlining the evening.
18 January 2013 Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on sport fans around South Africa to take to the streets with their flags and blow their vuvuzelas at noon today to welcome the teams and spectators for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). From offices, factory floors, farms and various work stations across the country, Mbalula urged South Africans to come out any time from 12:00 to 13:00, armed with vuvuzelas, whistles, horns, flags and ululations, to show their support for Bafana Bafana – who play the tournament opening match against Cape Verde on Saturday. Bafana Bafana, joined by the Bafana class of ’96 and national rugby and cricket players, will be in Sandton, Johannesburg to mark the vuvuzela moment. “Take your valuable lunch time from your busy schedule to blow a vuvuzela in your Bafana Bafana jersey as we welcome the sons and daughters of Africa in the land of our forebears. The land of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Charlotte Maxeke, Helen Joseph,” said Mbalula. Mbalula called on the country to unite in the same spirit of the 2010 World Cup. “Please let’s show our pride and patriotism as we did in 2010, when the football frenzy of the World Cup hit our shores. The beat is truly and indeed within our African veins as we traverse with our troops wearing our Bafana Jersey and hoisting our flag high and singing to the top of our voices.” Source: SANews.gov.za
With an ever-growing number of social media platforms and ways to interact online, it’s important to know the voices as well as what they are saying – especially when it comes to business and loss prevention concerns. Social media has become ingrained in our daily lives, which makes it easier for people to share their experiences and interactions. Customers can easily voice concern about something as simple as the color of their coffee cup and within hours have support from all over—from people who may not have noticed the change without the “whistle-blowers.”While businesses have increased their savviness to connect with new customers and interact with current ones, another important group is sometimes left out of the conversation: employees!- Sponsor – While employees typically use social media for personal reasons, they can also use the format to talk about their employers. You may want to think they are using social media to support your company by talking about the current deals or sharing a recent community service event, but this enthusiasm can be damaging to the company or brand and may raise data security concerns. Just picture the impact if an excited employee leaks information regarding a new product release. This may tip competitors off to a new product and features to work on.From a loss prevention perspective, monitoring social media can be important because employees who take to social media could be disgruntled and may be looking to hurt their company. They could be posting images of stolen property, sharing customer information, discussing trade secrets, or exploiting lapses in security at their facility. They may even know shoplifters or people who are perpetrating thefts in their store and potentially benefiting from a relationship with those thieves.Take it from Cynthia Hetherington, president of the Hetherington Group who spoke on this topic at the 2014 Restaurant Loss Prevention and Security Association (RLPSA) conference: Be sure your company is monitoring social media to keep your company associated with positivity in the “word cloud,” and address any issues with customers AND employees early. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now