Tracking And Inspecting Atex Phones

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Introduction to Atex Phones

Tracking And Inspecting Atex PhonesAtex mobile phones are durable and can withstand numerous hazardous conditions, but like any other piece of technology these special phones need to be properly maintained. Proper maintenance goes beyond extending the life of the device; it is vital for any intrinsically safe equipment because of the roles each device plays in ensuring the safety of individuals exposed to hazardous environments. The Atex Guidelines states that one of the main requirements of all Atex equipment is that it is both safe and reliable. It is particularly important to regularly inspect phones because they are a piece of equipment that is taken into nearly every area and are likely to be used frequently. Regular inspections and repairs of this type of equipment are also regulated so that employees are not compromised.

While there are a number of rules and regulations regarding the maintenance of Atex equipment, Atex mobile phones do not have the same constraints as many of the computers and other equipment. One of the best ways to make sure phones are fit for use is to keep consistent tracking and inspections. Here are some basic things that can help speed up inspections and to make sure Atex mobiles continue to work as designed.

Equipment Tracking

All Atex equipment should be tracked, but mobiles can be particularly difficult since they can be used by different people. To make tracking (and inventory) easier, have basic information about each mobile recorded and verified regularly.
  • Employee assigned to the phone
  • If phones stay at the facility, record the phones as they are taken out and brought back
  • Phone number and serial number associated with each phone
  • Record of inspections
  • Time of purchase
  • Record of any upgrades or repairs
  • Record of inspections triggered by updates to the Atex Guidelines
  • Spare parts purchased for the mobile
  • Tracking of inspections for the part, particularly when Atex Guidelines change
  • Certification for the phone
  • Record of what hazard zones the phone is certified for use and which zones the phone is used in 

Types of Inspections

Introduction to Atex Phones
Inspections should be a regular part of the Atex mobile phones. Phones should have at least three types of inspections.
  • An initial inspection after purchase - This inspection makes sure that phones are safe for use, particularly if a phone used. Its certification is for the particular hazard zone in which it will be used.

  • Set periodic inspections - These inspections make sure the mobiles have not been damaged or gotten to worn for service. It can also be used as a way of making sure that all of the parts are within the Atex Guidelines. Older parts may need to be upgraded to comply with new guidance.

  • Inspection following a drop or other accident - This inspection should be done following any event that could potentially compromise the phone. If the phone dropped from a considerable height, was dropped in liquid, or was crushed, it should be inspected for damage. Not all problems may be immediately visible.
Mark writes about technology that can save lives and in this he refers to the Atex Mobile Phones, learn more that lone workers would use in areas of risk of explosion of fire, in the oil, chemical and mining industries.

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DMI Technology Takes Property Listing Translations To A New High

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U.S. Company adapts translation tool for real estate

DMI Technology
Countries that do not have English as their first languages are finding it easier to access amenities and offerings in the English market as companies such as Yamli move to eliminate the language divide in the world of technology. Translations are now expanding into audio-visual demonstrations available in eight different languages.

Pilot Program

An estate agency in Australia has seen an increase in Asian and Chinese buyers, and the interest from the East has prompted the Melbourne agents to sign up for a online translations service which is designed to transliterate estate listings into Chinese, Mandarin, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, and English.

US-based firm DMI (Digital Motorworks) are a technology company providing the translations platform. Originally used in the United States by a multitude of car dealers, DMI adapted the technology for property listings. The Melbourne agency is the first property company to utilise the service, which is also more than simple online translations.

Once a company has downloaded their content and images onto their site, the translations function takes all the editorials and visuals, combining them to create a virtual video presentation. Language translations on this service caters for the almost 12% Wheelers Hill residents who are Chinese born. Chinese is the third largest demographic, just behind English Australians. Wheelers Hill, a small area in Australia, has large residency of Italian and Greeks, which makes online translations essential in the property market.

DMI are currently adding more languages to the account, which will include Sudanese and Vietnamese. The portal will go live in a month and charge a flat rate between $200 and $250. The charge depends on how many listings need to be translated. This service will be available for sale and rental properties.

Peter Daicos, the DMI driving force behind the translation portal, believes this new tool will enhance communications for overseas and local sellers and buyers. It will open a door that has been firmly shut due to the language divide, and it takes the estate market to a completely new marketing level.

DMI Technology GroupNot only does the DMI technology take all editorial and image content and translate them, but it also serves as a great source of information in understanding consumerism and what drives the trends and behaviours. This is all based on the average times a translated video is played by interested parties. The properties listed on the several real estate sites which can by synced with the translations tool, can also by synced with YouTube, which is the leading video site in the world.

This tool is aimed at property listings and more agents are jumping on board to be a part of the growing trend. It won’t be long before translations move to mobile telephones and live conversations.

Vida Denning is a freelance writer who enjoys writing on a wide variety of topics. Her love of languages and recent research for an Arabic translator brought this interesting topic to her attention.

How To Avoid Breaking The Bank On Printer Ink

Posted by Bhavesh Joshi On Sunday, February 24, 2013 0 comments
How To Avoid Breaking The Bank On Printer Ink
After buying your new HP printer, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is what type of replacement toner cartridges you will be using. You can either buy new OEM HP LaserJet toner, remanufactured cartridges or generic toner cartridges that are compatible with your printer. Whether you are a small or big business owner, you will definitely have to use numerous cartridges before the year's end. New original HP cartridges are very expensive and can put a significant financial strain on your business.

Fortunately, the market is full of refurbished/remanufactured HP LaserJet toner cartridges that will serve you as well as new cartridges, but at a significantly lower cost. Refurbished or re-manufactured toner cartridges are OEM cartridges that have been repaired, refilled and tested. All their damaged or worn out parts are replaced before being filled with new OEM ink. Refurbished HP cartridges are significantly cheaper than new OEM cartridges but slightly more expensive that generic compatibles.

Apart from the financial gain, you will also be playing a part in reducing the environmental impact of empty cartridges that would otherwise have been discarded into landfills. There is a common misconception that refurbished HP toner cartridges produce low quality prints. Nothing could be farther from the truth; reputable dealers will only supply you with refurbished cartridges that meet all the standards of the OEM cartridge. There is no noticeable difference in print quality. They also last as long as HP cartridges.

You can also opt to use generic HP LaserJet toner cartridges that are compatible with your HP printer. The biggest advantage of doing this is that these cartridges are a good deal cheaper than both original HP printer cartridges and remanufacturers ones. You should however ensure that the cartridge is compatible with your printer before making the purchase. A quick internet search using your printer model number will yield dozens of generic cartridges that can be used with your printer.

Another plus to using generic ink and toner is the wide array of choices you will have at your disposal. With OEM cartridges, you may sometimes find it hard to find cartridges that are compatible with your printers. Generics on the other hand are compatible with a large number of printers and this should play to your advantage.

Awhile back, the only drawback to using generic compatible cartridges was that the print quality was a little lower that with OEM and refurbished cartridges. This is because HP has patented its ink making it impossible for the manufacturers of generic cartridges to use it. However, generic cartridge makers have now come up with high quality ink that will produce prints of the same quality as OEM cartridges at a fraction of their cost. These companies do not spent as much money in advertising as HP and hence pass on these savings to consumers.

If you are looking to cut printing costs at your office, then you need to abandon the concept of brand loyalty. When it comes to HP LaserJet toner cartridges, refurbished and generics will are just as good as the OEM products.

Alex is a product tester and writer. Click here to learn more about HP Laserjet toner cartridges.

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5 Things To Watch For In The Event App Industry In 2013

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5 Things To Watch For In The Event App Industry In 2013

Things to Watch for in the Event App Industry in 2013

Have you noticed the recent explosion in event apps? There is now a huge demand for ways for people to go from online to offline. From Yelp to Eventbrite to Meetup, many people are relying on their phones to discover interesting events and ways to enhance their experience at the event. Here are 5 things to watch for that are currently developing in the event app industry.

1. Building Brand Loyalty

As of 2013, there’s more competition than ever to make sure that your users trust you. There are already established events apps players in the industry, but there’s always room for more niche event apps. For example, an app focused on finding venues for musicians will have a much easier time building a loyal following in the music space. Similarly, tech entrepreneurs will have a different focus for their networking needs, and if your app is the authority, it will be easier to build up the brand loyalty that will keep paying you dividends down the road.

2. Gamifying the Experience

Another trend that is happening is how apps are making the mundane fun. You could reward desired behavior with a points system and encourage new event attendees and consistent attendees with badges and other rewards for recognition. If you make the game fun for users, they will keep coming back again and again.

3. Integrating Monetization

Your users are willing to pay to go to worthwhile events, and naturally if your app consistently helps your users discover great events, you can and should charge. Depending on how many events your app is able to curate and how much your user space is willing to contribute to be in the know about these events, you would be able to charge a percentage off of the event as in the case of Eventbrite.

4. Going Green

One of the top advantages that mobile apps have is that they are good for the Earth. Instead of having to fumble and search for a paper ticket, with a mobile app, you reduce the need to print for your customers and help the environment by eliminating a paper trail. By eliminating paper tickets, you can also speed up the check in process and make your users’ first interaction with your app a seamless and pleasant experience.

5. Increasing Engagement

More so than any other niche in the app industry, event apps serve the need to feel connected. What would be more connected than being updated by something that is constantly with you--your phone? It is important to have regular push notifications and reminders for your users before the event.

There has been an explosion in the mobile app development space, and event apps are no exception. As of 2013, the space is maturing. Many event apps are building brand loyalty, gamifying the experience, integrating monetization, going green, and increasing engagement. Will your app take advantage of these trends?

Andrea has been an corporate event planner for the last 12 years and enjoys blogging about it. For more information on conference apps check out doubledutch...

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Four Jobs For Computer Lovers

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Four Jobs For Computer Lovers
Short Description: This blog focuses on four common computer jobs and describes what each job entails.

So you love computers, gadgets, anything with technology and you are looking for a job. Well, you're in luck as there are many, many positions that are all about technology and computer information. But, like most jobs, becoming an information technology professional takes hard work. From school to gaining experience, to more school and even more school, becoming successful to in the field requires much dedication and determination. There is always something to learn when it comes to the IT department and even more to gain. Listed below are four common jobs in the computer industry today.

      1. Electronic and Technological Sales

If you are good with people and know how to sell, then this job is for you. Not only will you be working with products you love, but you will also talk to customers in an effort to get them to buy. This job is for professionals who are passionate about technology and have great social skills. Because it is a sales job, you will make commission, and if you're really good at what you do, then the commission may earn you more money than you thought. 

     2. Computer Networking

This job entails repairing, maintaining and building computer networks for businesses or personal, at-home offices. While this is believed to be a hard job to get, if you have the skills, the schooling and the experience, then you won’t have a problem. Depending on the employer, you could be working with network security or network administration and if that is something that gets you excited, then this might be the perfect job for you. While it may be a hard job to obtain, and the competition might be the best of the best, if you do land a networking position, then your compensation will be very nice.

     3. Computer Security

This is most definitely a growing field. Whether there is a large business, or an individual with a computer, every computer needs a strong security system. There numerous viruses and spyware programs floating around today, and people need a knowledgeable and experienced computer security professional to fix the problem.  This position allows you to not only take pleasure in helping people, but you will learn something new every day. 

     4. Data Integration Specialist

This position entails generating solutions for businesses that need them. As a data integration specialist you may work by yourself or with a team to transform sets of data into insights that can help plan and grow a business.

The computer industry is continually growing with new advancements and job opportunities. While these are only four of the many jobs in industry, they are very rewarding and always in demand.

Jillian Johnson is a professional content marketing writer and blogger with a particular interest in writing about technology.

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Know What Your Kids Are Doing - Protecting Them From Online Predators

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Know What Your Kids Are Doing - Protecting Them From Online Predators

Protect Your Children From Online Predators

Parents have a natural instinct to protect their children, and as a parent, it’s important for you to keep an eye on your children and know what they’re doing in order to protect them from harm. We love our children and want to keep them safe. Here are some things you can and should do to keep them safe while they are on the internet.

You need to make sure that you teach your child how to make smart decisions and how to be safe. But most importantly, you need to teach them to how to be safe both in real life and online.

There are plenty of online predators in the world today that prey on young children, and with social media and online forums becoming more and more popular among today’s youth, your children are more at risk.

This is why it’s very important that you not only talk with your child about the dangers of online predators, but you also set some guidelines and rules for their Internet use.

Set time limits.

If your child is using the Internet for social purposes, make sure you set a time limit. You can decide how much time is spent on these sites and let your child know that you’re doing it for their protection.

Keep the computer public.

Make sure that your family’s computer is in a public room in your home and that your child is not allowed to use the computer in their own bedroom or separated from anyone else. This way, you can keep an eye on the sites they visit.

Make rules.

Let your child know that you are willing to allow them to join a social network as long as they are friends with you and as long as you have their password. This way, you can monitor who they’re talking to, what they’re saying and how they’re using these sites. You can then be aware of anything out of the ordinary that requires your immediate attention.

Keep it private.

If your child has a social account, make sure that their account is set to private. This way, their profile is not publicly viewable to anyone and only their friends can see what they post. Plus, this also makes their name unsearchable.

Teach them to be cautious.

Children are na├»ve, but it’s important you teach them about the dangers of online predators. Let them know that not everyone they meet online is who they claim to be, and that they should never “friend” anyone they don’t know. Tell them that they should never share intimate details about themselves with online strangers, and they should never under any circumstance meet someone in person that they met online.

Keep an eye out.

Even with your rules and guidelines in place, it’s important to keep an eye on your child and their use of the Internet. Make sure you pay attention to the sites they’re visiting and who they’re friends with online. This can help you realize that your child may be in danger or may be making poor choices (such as abusing drugs or alcohol), and it can help you create a solution before the situation gets out of hand.

Garrett Payne is a police officer and father of three.  He writes about the dangers of social media and how to protect children from online predators when he has time.

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Storage Solutions For The Digital Age

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CD Or DVD Digital Storage
Digital storage solutions are becoming more and more essential. Whether it’s the average person looking to store music or photographs or a large company housing thousands of documents, are being able to safely store this information as a key. At-home digital storage can be useful for storing anything, whether pictures, music, movies, personal documents or any combination of the lot. Businesses small or large can also make good use of digital storage by utilizing strategies such as data warehousing.

Digital Storage at Home

Investing in digital storage solutions for your home can serve a few different purposes.  No longer will you need to take up valuable space in your home with bulky photo albums.  Storing all of your images digitally allows you to organize and access your precious memories with the click of a button.  Creating digital slideshows is now easier than ever and can be the perfect way to show your family and friends what you were up to on your last vacation or at your best friend’s wedding.

Digital storage can also help you condense your collections of CDs and DVDs. Instead of worrying about CDs and DVDs that get put in the wrong cases, get scratched or damaged, or just plain lost- you can now have all of your favorite music and flicks available to you digitally.  With the newest technology, it is easier than ever to jam out to the newest Taylor Swift song in your car or watch the latest Iron Man movie on your TV.

Consumers looking to purchase such solutions have a variety of options they can choose from. Before making your purchase though, consider exactly what it is you want to store. This will help you determine the type and size of the product that would suit your needs the best.

Digital Storage for Small Businesses

Data storage for small businesses is a unique situation. On one hand, smaller companies do not need the same amount of room that a large corporation requires. They do need the same amount of security, though. On the other hand, they need more space than typical households.  Due to the risks involved with doing business over the internet it is always good to protect sensitive information in more than one location, if possible. 

Beyond physical storage solutions like an external hard drive, small businesses may want to invest in online or network attached storage and back up. This way in the event of a disaster, as long as you have internet access, they will have access to their information.

Digital Storage for Large Companies

Digital Storage for Large Companies
In terms of large companies, digital storage of data and other information can be crucial. Until the advent of computers records were kept by hand. Now those records can be stored digitally to be recalled at any time.  The options available vary and again are tailored to the company’s needs.  Long- term storage can help ensure records are secure, yet accessible for years to come. The practice of data warehousing can also be important. This practice allows users to condense multiple sources of information into one central location. 

Often large companies have hundreds-of-thousands or even millions of important documents that must be kept safe.  Many of these documents must be kept for legal purposes so it’s extremely important for the company to keep them backed-up.  With many companies “going green” the amount of important documents and files going digital is at an all-time high.  With this recent trend, data warehousing is sure to become an essential asset for most businesses.

Chuck Stevens is an avid blogger always looking to share his experiences and recommendations. He loves technology and data storage solutions. 

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