Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruption to daily life, once it subsides a new normal will emerge, allowing smart workplaces to enter a new stage of development. Such workplaces will need to allow employees to move around the office environment safely, hygienically and seamlessly. Following the pandemic, employees will increasingly utilize contactless technology—entrance doors will be opened via a user’s mobile device rather than keycards; tablets installed with visitor management application software will seamlessly register body temperature readings for each person entering the workplace; meeting rooms will be equipped with endpoint sensors using Bluetooth technology to detect employees or visitors entering the workspace and greet them with a personalized message. Sensors will monitor room capacity to allow enforcement of social distancing requirements; and intelligent sensing devices will automatically adjust ambient temperature, lighting, and other conditions based on the detected density and distribution of people, with all data transmitted to a cloud-based management platform.
This is how Proxy, the smart workplace pioneer that entered the Chinese market in 2019, envisions the future of the workplace. These smart workplace applications for the post-pandemic era will not only enhance employee experience, but also drive changes in the workplace via innovative contactless technology.
Leading innovation in smart access
While the world is constantly evolving with the emergence of new technologies, most people continue to access their workplace via decades-old keycard technology that is neither secure nor easy to manage. “We’re creating a unique identity signal for everyone on the earth that’s universally accessible, secure, and private”, remarked Denis Mars, co-founder and CEO of Proxy. “We want to live in a world where every object around us can securely recognize our physical presence with our permission to provide us with a frictionless experience, personalized to our individual needs and preferences”.
Unlike traditional access systems, Proxy’s mobile access solutions utilize Bluetooth technology that’s built in to every smartphone, with access granted and managed via the cloud. This method makes access easier, as well as more efficient, secure and reliable. In addition to smart mobile access products, Proxy also provides solutions for smart visitor and space management, based on contactless technology.
Following the launch of these products by Proxy, many companies including Uber, Accenture, Harmay, Shui On Land and WeWork have adopted them in the workplace. These successes have been recognized by Fast Company which has named Proxy as one of the Most Innovative Companies in the World in 2020. Forbes magazine also added Proxy to its list of the Next Billion-Dollar Startups.
As we enter a new normal, Proxy stands to gain immeasurable advantages, with its contactless smart access solutions potentially eliminating the spread of viruses and bacteria that originate from the touching of access points. This will provide all employees with a better office experience. Sean Pan, head of Proxy China, said, “The pandemic has prompted employers to seek more innovative security requirements in the workspace. At Proxy we hope to lead technology innovations with contactless, smart mobile access products and solutions that empower businesses to enhance their office experiences in the post-pandemic era. By so doing, we not only create business value, but also drive people to focus on smart workplaces”.
Proxy creates future-proof office experiences that are universally accessible, secure, and private
Combining global standards and local support, Proxy provides solutions that are customized to address customers’ different needs in various scenarios, providing purpose-designed solutions for multinational companies, as well as organizations with multiple office sites. Proxy has passed a number of globally recognized data security and privacy certifications, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and SOC 2 security audit. Proxy’s cloud service is currently deployed across the world, with servers based in numerous regions to guarantee the security and access of customer data.
Importantly, Proxy also realizes the value of localization and, as a security technology company, attaches great importance to customer experience and feedback. Responding to the needs of the local market, Proxy has developed a dedicated local product service team, and also launched a domestically hosted cloud platform, as well as local support for the Android system and WeChat mini-programs. All of these capabilities have been developed to ensure the requirements of local customers are fully satisfied when utilizing Proxy solutions.
One notable deployment of Proxy’s smart access solution is in the offices of Canva, the world’s largest online design platform, located in the Beijing Vanke Times Center. “Proxy offers a unique, light mobile access solution that fits our needs perfectly. With this cloud-based solution in place, our staff can now use their mobile devices to provide streamlined, secure access to the building and their offices. Not only is this a convenient, contactless solution, but it also aligns with our company culture and flexible working hours,” said Chris Wang, senior internal architecture engineer at Canva.
Proxy is dedicated to empowering people with a digital identity for the physical world, redefining the way people visit and interact with their workspace. As health and safety are paramount concerns for today’s businesses and employees, Proxy’s contactless mobile access applications improve the hygiene of workplaces while providing a foundation for future smart workplace initiatives. Proxy’s mobile technology and cloud-based management platform not only empower businesses to transform but also prepare them to respond to challenges in the post-pandemic era.
Nikola Positioned To Accelerate Hydrogen Economy
Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ: NKLA) has secured an innovative electric rate schedule with Arizona Public Service Company (“APS”) that makes possible the accelerated development of hydrogen-based fueling solutions for the transportation industry. Nikola is a company dedicated to the advancement of innovative zero-emissions truck solutions and the energy infrastructure required to make this feasible. By facilitating low-cost production of hydrogen, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s (“ACC”) approval of this rate schedule paves the way for the curtailment of greenhouse gases in the transportation sector, while also providing benefits to key constituents via novel grid-balancing solutions.
Today’s unanimous approval of this agreement by the ACC provides Nikola with a competitive electric rate specifically designed for the production, processing, and dispensing of hydrogen. This will support, among other things, enabling a zero-emission heavy-duty freight corridor along the I-10 freeway between Los Angeles and Phoenix.
APS’s competitive electric rate will help lead the creation of the hydrogen economy in Arizona. Nikola estimates that under the rate structure it will be able to deliver hydrogen at market leading prices and within the ranges required for Nikola to offer competitive lease rates for its trucks customers.
The agreement reflects value that results from the curtailment flexibility that Nikola’s hydrogen production facilities are expected to provide to the electrical grid. These facilities will be configured to respond to the needs of the grid, for example by reducing Nikola’s energy consumption from the electric grid during heatwaves. This agreement will encourage Nikola to deploy capital within the state, increase electric load relating to hydrogen production, and further develop and employ a highly skilled and well-educated workforce.
Nikola CEO, Mark Russell, celebrated today’s critical milestone stating: “Nikola values the joint efforts of APS and the ACC to enable competitive electrolytic hydrogen production. The approval of this special rate for hydrogen production is critical for advancing the future of zero-emissions transportation and building a hydrogen economy.”
Nikola President of Energy and Commercial, Pablo Koziner, added, “Through this agreement, Nikola is assured a reliable and competitively priced source of electricity that will allow us to commence the development of hydrogen production facilities to serve the fueling needs of our truck customers. The agreement sets an important precedent in showcasing that innovative operational solutions can be developed for the economic production of hydrogen that maximize benefits to all stakeholders.”
The approval of this agreement marks an important milestone. Going forward, Nikola will work with APS to finalize site selection and interconnection requirements to establish its first hydrogen production facility in Arizona.
“For decades, hydrogen has been a promising, but elusive, source of clean energy for both the transportation and power sectors. We simply haven’t done enough to bring hydrogen to the mainstream,” stated Chairwoman Lea Márquez Peterson. “As we begin to enter a new energy economy, however, I want to ensure that we take all steps necessary to promote Arizona’s gradual and innovative move towards decarbonization. By supporting this application, we are doing exactly that. Let’s make our great state the nation’s epicenter of hydrogen production, processing, and fueling, and let’s have Arizona serve as a model to other states about clean energy innovation.”
ABOUT NIKOLA CORPORATION:
Nikola Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of zero-emission battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and hydrogen station infrastructure, Nikola is driven to revolutionize the economic and environmental impact of commerce as we know it today. Founded in 2015, Nikola Corporation is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.
Allseated Acquires easyRAUM To Further Expand European Presence
Allseated, a global leader in innovative event technology, announced today its acquisition of Dusseldorf based, easyRAUM GmbH to further scale its rapid expansion into the European market. The acquisition broadens Allseated’s market presence, bringing the full power of its event technology platforms to venues, brands, corporates, and planners across Europe.
A long-time leader and serving some of the biggest names in the German speaking market, easyRAUM’s reputation and reach has been second to none. With thousands of users powering large scale events, it has been successfully serving and expanding its customer base for the past fifteen years.
“This is a strategic move for us to further scale our business in Europe by combining easyRAUM’s market presence, amazing team and customer base with Allseated’s cutting-edge technology platform.” said Yaron Lipshitz, Allseated CEO. “EasyRAUM has been a great partner of ours and we have worked so close together, that the acquisition seems more of a formality at this point. Thanks to our now German team, Allseated is now powering some of the largest venues and brands in the European market with our latest virtual event product exVo, already in use by the local industry” he added.
“We are pleased to open a new chapter with Allseated, for our customers, for the industry, and for our company” said Sabine Reise, Founder and Managing Director of easyRAUM and now Managing Director of Allseated GmbH. “Our many years of industry and market experience as well as the software development know-how complement the agile structures of Allseated perfectly”.
Sandy Hammer, co-founder and CMO of Allseated added: “The partnership with easyRAUM enabled us to short-circuit our expansion in this exciting market and to quickly bring value to some amazing brands. We are thrilled to have the team join our rapidly growing company.”
Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.
Allseated is one of the world’s most innovative event technology platform powering hundreds of thousands of events a year. Through a cutting-edge 3D visualization platform including floorplan design tools, venue virtual tours, and revolutionary virtual/hybrid event solution, Allseated is transforming the event industry and leveraging innovation with superior customer service to help clients grow their businesses.
GameChange Solar Unveils Bifacial Tracker Reflector Technology to Boost Power Production 15-20%
GameChange Solar today announced BifacialReflector™, a patent-pending new technology which dramatically increases power production for the GameChange Solar Genius Tracker™ with bifacial modules. The technology is a highly reflective (.95 albedo), permanent solid surface up to 4m wide, which reflects light from just above ground level to the back of the bifacial modules. This technology is a significant improvement over other ideas since it is not a ground cover which has a limited life and requires constant maintenance. BifacialReflector™ is a self-cleaning, long-term (40-year life) solution. The reflectors can boost the gain by up to an estimated total of 15-20% when using bifacial modules, which is approximately 5-8% extra gain versus other bifacial trackers which do not have BifacialReflector™ technology.
Andrew Worden, CEO of GameChange Solar, stated: “Solar power plant owners globally have been asking for a cost-effective, long life, maintenance-free, high reflectivity (.95 albedo) ground cover to place under trackers with bifacial modules. We are excited to have been able to provide a unique and superior solution, the BifacialReflector™ technology. Our technology has a significant power boost for bifacial modules and has a life of 40 years with no maintenance, making it a meaningful breakthrough for the industry.”
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