Blog

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How to cut down on business travel

3 business situations solved - without boarding a plane!

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April 3, 2013|Categories: Commercial Technology   |
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  "Description": "3 business situations solved - without boarding a plane!\n\n\n

No. 1:

\nSituation:\nYou need to recruit from interstate or overseas – are you flying your HR to meet the candidate? Or are you flying the candidate to your office?\n\nDON’T GET ON THAT PLANE\n\nSolution:\nMeet with the candidate via video hook up. Urban Intelligence can implement a video conferencing solution that has high definition picture and crystal clear audio.\n

No. 2:

\nSituation:\nYou need to brief your national sales team on the priorities for the month. You normally travel around the country or bring the entire team to Head Office.\n\nDON’T GET ON THAT PLANE\n\nSolution:\nBring the team together without the travel costs, accommodation, time and expenses, through video conferencing.\n

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\nSituation:\nDo you need to ensure project milestones are being met by your interstate contractors?\n\nDON’T GET ON THAT PLANE\n\nSolution:\nMeet with your project team through video conferencing. Keep projects on track and have tasks completed sooner with more contact, more often. By minimising travel there will be less downtime and fewer expenses against your project.\n

Ready to cut your travel expenses?

\nVideo conferencing has so many great benefits and can reduce your travelling expenses by as much as 50%. It’s a worthwhile investment! Make sure you get the right solution for your company.\n

Now is the best time to consider video conferencing

\nWe have a great offer on the new Icon 600 video conferencing technology, with a starting price of $5000 you will receive 20% off in April.\n\nUrban Intelligence is offering FREE technology audits; book an appointment now by emailing us on [email protected].", "DisableForSiteSearch": false, "EnableAMP": false, "Enabled": true, "ExpiryDate": "2099-12-11T11:00:00", "ExternalId": 1870, "Image": "/images/Ion-600.jpg", "ItemCategories": null, "ItemCategoryIdList": null, "ItemTags": [ "Commercial Technology" ], "MetaDescription": "", "Name": "How to cut down on business travel", "OpenGraphProperties": "", "ReleaseDate": "2013-04-03T11:00:00", "SeoPriority": "", "SEOTitle": "", "MetaTitle": "", "ShowPageForSearchEngine": true, "SocialMetaTags": "", "UrlSlug": "how-to-cut-down-on-business-travel", "Weighting": 0, "lastupdateddate": "2019-03-06T14:35:22", "parent": { "Id": 1908, "Url": "/blog", "ParentId": -1, "LastUpdatedDate": "2019-03-14T02:07:17", "AMPContent": "", "Author_Name": null, "Author_Url": null, "Author": 0, "CanonicalLink": "", "CodeEditor": true, "CreatedByMemberId": 0, "Description": "", "DisableForSiteSearch": false, "EnableAMP": false, "Enabled": true, "ExpiryDate": "2099-12-11T14:21:30.6732117", "ExternalId": 0, "ItemCategories": null, "ItemCategoryIdList": null, "ItemTags": null, "MetaDescription": "", "Name": "Blog", "OpenGraphProperties": "", "ReleaseDate": "2019-02-26T14:21:30.6732117", "SeoPriority": "", "SEOTitle": "", "MetaTitle": "", "ShowPageForSearchEngine": true, "SocialMetaTags": "", "UrlSlug": "blog", "Weighting": 0 }, "params": { "filtersearch": "" } }
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Seeing is believing

Urban Intelligence has installed a spectacular 9-panel LCD video wall outdoors in a residential project. Measuring 5.7m x 3.2m – it’s impactful to say the least.

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April 3, 2013|Categories: Project Insight - Residential   |
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Lose your keys. Forever.

What could be easier than swiping your finger over a scanner and the door opening? It sounds very James Bond, but it’s here now.

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April 3, 2013|Categories: Consumer Technology   |
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Want more oomph from your TV sound?

For lovers of TV and music,  there’s a new system in town. Sonos has designed a slim-line speaker called Playbar that looks good and also transforms the sound of your TV.

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March 3, 2013|Categories: Consumer Technology   |
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Energy management made easy

Do you want to monitor your energy consumption? If it was this easy you’d definitely say yes.

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March 3, 2013|Categories: Consumer Technology   |
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5 tips to a headache-free office move

Moving offices can be incredibly stressful and cause a loss in productivity and downtime, if not planned and executed well. Here are our top 5 tips to help you to move offices, smoothly. We know because we just moved offices ourselves.

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March 3, 2013|Categories: Commercial Technology   |
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What happens when you cross an iPhone with a wall switch?

Antumbra by Dynalite is a true design innovation. Elegant, simple, customised and smart are just a few words that you could use to describe the new Antumbra control panel. What makes it so different?

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January 29, 2013|Categories: Consumer Technology   |
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The ultimate technology checklist for Facilities Managers

As a Facilities Manager you know that data is king! Data in real-time and accessible via your mobile device is the Holy Grail. Mobile devices and associated technology is a great tool for Facilities Managers particularly for asset management and field collaboration.

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January 29, 2013|Categories: Commercial Technology   |
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Revealed in Vegas: Top 7 innovations for 2013

Gizmos and gadgets that have the power to improve and revolutionise our lives have been presented at the latest Consumer Electronics Show. The show is an opportunity for big manufacturers and small start ups alike to showcase their technology innovations.

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January 29, 2013|Categories: Consumer Technology   |
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  "Description": "Gizmos and gadgets that have the power to improve and revolutionise our lives have been presented at the latest Consumer Electronics Show. The show is an opportunity for big manufacturers and small start ups alike to showcase their technology innovations.\n\n Some are already bound for mass distribution, whilst others are still a little while off hitting the market. Here is our pick of the 7 most exciting innovation from the show.\n\n

Pebble Watch

\nThe show was a buzz with a smart watch that actually looks smart and works well too. It has a range of cool features, the best being its ability to interface with your iDevice or android via Bluetooth. It is both shock and water resistant, has USB connectivity and a battery that lasts a week.\n\nAt just 38.2grams, its polycarbonate design and interchangeable watch band makes it a viable fitness watch as well as a fashion item. There are many apps that work on Pebble so that it functions as a source of entertainment, information and also a watch.\n\nTo bring Pebble to fruition the company put the idea on Kickstarter, a site that gives people the ability to fund projects that they believe have merit. Pebble raised $4 million in 8 days, making it the most successful project to list on Kickstarter.\n\nWe like it because Pebble just works and has an edgy side to it as well; it also represents the start of the wearable technology revolution.\n

Tactus Morphing Touchscreen / Pop-Up Buttons

\nNow you see them, now you don’t. If you struggle to operate a touch screen keyboard, the problem has now been solved by Tactus Technology. This innovation is quite remarkable. Silicon pop-up buttons rise up from the screen each time you need to type information on your tablet mimicking the feel of pressing real buttons. They then melt back into the screen when you don’t need them, so as to not take up any screen space.\n\nThese buttons can be configured by the developers in any design, from a QWERTY keyboard to a gaming console design. The benefits are endless and most of all it just works.\n\nWe like this because it solves a real problem and thinks outside the box.\n

Lockitron

\nThe inventors of Lockitron have managed to make a complex task simple. It’s a DIY solution to keyless entry. The Lockitron fits easily over any deadbolt and can be up and running in minutes. The device has built in WIFI, which allows control by an iPhone 4S or iPhone5.\n\nWith Lockitron you can lock or unlock your door remotely and provide access to family, friends or tradesman when you not home.\n\nLockitron chose to run their own crowd funding to bring their product to market and succeeded in raising $2.3million with pre-sales of 15,000 units.\n\nIt’s a smart, simple design that works – we like it as an entry level keyless entry product.\n

Sony’s 56 inch HD OLED TV

\nIf you are confused already by TV’s, here’s another one to add to the plasma, LED, LCD mix! It’s the new HD OLED TV by Sony. It is basically an organic material that lasts longer than other TV’s, is thinner and the best quality picture available in the world today. Other manufacturers have never combined the HD technology with OLED so Sony has pulled a game changer by showcasing this world-first large (56 inch) HD OLED TV at the show.\n\nThe picture quality is absolutely flawless and ups the ante by which all pictures will now be measured. There is no price or release date as yet, but you can be sure that Sony is aiming to be first to market so watch this space.\n\nWe are really impressed by this technology as it all about continuous improvement.\n

HAPIfork (and spoon)

\nYour fork just got smarter. This show is all about innovation – but no one expected to see utensils with USB connectivity. It seems very James Bond. But in fact, the HAPIFork has some distinct benefits.\n\nIt is an eating tool that measures three things:\n\n1. How many mouthfuls you take in a meal;\n2. How long you wait between mouthfuls; and\n3. How long you eat for at a meal.\n\nThe data can be used in conjunction with a web-based app to give you a picture of your eating habits, just plug your fork into your iDevice or android (not a phrase you’ve probably ever heard). If your fork vibrates whilst you are eating, it’s not a malfunction! It’s a feature to alert you to the fact that you are eating too quickly. It’s a clever fork indeed.\n\nCompletely water resistant and dishwasher proof, the HAPIfork had tongues wagging and mouths a buzz at the show.\n\nWe like it because the HAPIfork is smart, simple and easy to use and gives real life data otherwise difficult to manage.\n

The Sunny Bag - Wearable Smart Tools

\nFashionable technology that you can actually wear was a focus for innovators this year at the show. Tapping into the iPhone generation is a lucrative business!\n\nThe first technology that grabbed our attention is The Sunny Bag. Using solar panels on the outside of the bag, the wearer can charge their iPhone on the go. This solves a constant battery problem for people and enables iPhone charging simply.\n

I’m here – GPS tracker

\nA little off beat but still really useful is the second wearable pint-sized tracking device called I’m Here. The tracker itself can be tied to shoelace, placed in a bag or suitcase and allows GPS tracking as part of an accompanying app. Handy if you want to check on the whereabouts of your luggage, your wayward teenager, an adult with dementia or preschooler in a large playground. The benefits are and real world applications are infinite.\n\nThese two new wearable tools solve a real problem for people, cleverly; which is why they make it into our top 7.\n

LIFX –The remote controlled light bulb

\nThe light bulb hasn’t seen much innovation over the past 100 years, but LIFX is about to change all that. The light bulb has truly been reinvented.\n\nLIFX has a built in WIFI in the light bulb which can be controlled using a simple and free iPhone app. Using LED technology which outperforms existing light bulbs on energy and longevity, you can now remotely change the colour of the light to set the mood, turn your lights on and off and dim one or all of your lights. You can also set timers so that the light can come on automatically to greet you when you come home or as a safety measure when you are away.\n\nThe light bulb can even flash to notify you on an incoming email or sms. Why not create a disco in your home with changing light colours and effects. But don’t worry if you lose your phone you can just flick the switch on the wall, it still works as an ordinary light as well. It’s incredibly smart technology that is green too, using just one tenth of the power of a regular bulb and lasting up to 25 years.\n\nIt’s a simple approach to lighting control that is smart thinking, we really like it.", "DisableForSiteSearch": false, "EnableAMP": false, "Enabled": true, "ExpiryDate": "2099-12-11T11:00:00", "ExternalId": 1766, "Image": "/images/techtrends-565.jpg", "ItemCategories": null, "ItemCategoryIdList": null, "ItemTags": [ "Consumer Technology" ], "MetaDescription": "", "Name": "Revealed in Vegas: Top 7 innovations for 2013", "OpenGraphProperties": "", "ReleaseDate": "2013-01-29T11:00:00", "SeoPriority": "", "SEOTitle": "", "MetaTitle": "", "ShowPageForSearchEngine": true, "SocialMetaTags": "", "UrlSlug": "revealed-in-vegas-top-7-innovations-for-2013", "Weighting": 0, "lastupdateddate": "2019-03-06T14:35:20", "parent": { "Id": 1908, "Url": "/blog", "ParentId": -1, "LastUpdatedDate": "2019-03-14T02:07:17", "AMPContent": "", "Author_Name": null, "Author_Url": null, "Author": 0, "CanonicalLink": "", "CodeEditor": true, "CreatedByMemberId": 0, "Description": "", "DisableForSiteSearch": false, "EnableAMP": false, "Enabled": true, "ExpiryDate": "2099-12-11T14:21:30.6732117", "ExternalId": 0, "ItemCategories": null, "ItemCategoryIdList": null, "ItemTags": null, "MetaDescription": "", "Name": "Blog", "OpenGraphProperties": "", "ReleaseDate": "2019-02-26T14:21:30.6732117", "SeoPriority": "", "SEOTitle": "", "MetaTitle": "", "ShowPageForSearchEngine": true, "SocialMetaTags": "", "UrlSlug": "blog", "Weighting": 0 }, "params": { "filtersearch": "" } }
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Music to your ears: The Sonos upgrade you've been waiting for

Over one million rooms, in homes and offices world-wide, use Sonos to wirelessly play music. Many people have opted for Sonos as part of their audio visual integration. Sonos is a hi-fi system with top quality speakers and wireless audio in a complete package.

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December 20, 2012|Categories: Consumer Technology   |
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