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  • February 5, 2020


    Hundreds of factories across the country use machines with old analog gauges. Sometimes the equipment is specialty equipment, not easily replaced. Sometimes it’s equipment that works well and there’s no reason to replace it. All of these machines should be monitored by someone to ensure they’re within spec, which is time-consuming and labor...

  • January 14, 2020


    You finally got tickets to the big game! You’re in your seat, enjoying the action, but you want something to eat or drink. You text the number printed on your ticket and get a response that tells you the least crowded concession stand and how far away it is from your seat. You race to the location, get your snacks and are back in your seat before the next play...

  • December 20, 2019


    Practice Makes Perfect: How Medical Practices are using the Internet of Things

    In the US, baby boomers retire at approximately 10,000 per day. As baby boomers continue to age, there will be hundreds of thousands of additional patients moving through the health care system, and an increased need for more staff to service them. Ensuring the correct patient-to...

  • November 30, 2019


    In March 2018, Congress passed a bill that included significant increases in federal spending towards libraries, continuing a trend in recent years. Part of this funding is used to offer additional services, including free wireless Internet, e-books and technology training. For many library patrons, free access to computers and the Internet is now nearly as...

  • November 15, 2019


    Are You In or Out?

    Why Keeping Track of Occupancy Matters

    Knowing who’s in and who’s out, such as how many people are in a building, on a floor or in a conference room, can increase efficiency in many situations, and become a critical factor in others.

    During an emergency you want to know if there is anyone left in the building. At...

  • October 21, 2019


    Knock, knock. Who’s there? (Maybe you know. Maybe you don’t.)

    Sometimes it’s critical to know who’s there and who isn’t. Like in the case of a machine that’s been left on with no one attending it. As a factory supervisor, this is something you want to know. In any factory environment, there are machines that, if left on and unattended, can cause...

  • October 4, 2019


    According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration, 130,000 non-residential fires occurred in 2017, resulting in $2.7 billion dollars’ worth of damage and 95 deaths. More alarming is the fact that almost 11,...

  • September 20, 2019


    High productivity is key to your successful business operations, and is affected by a number of factors. One of the main reasons for decreased productivity is related to tool usage; specifically, the loss or misplacement of specialty tools, an inadequate tool supply and lack of tool training.

    Lost Tools...

  • September 4, 2019

    Our previous post highlighted how Ricoh has evolved IoT to include a sensor to become Monitoring of Things™ (MoT). The sensor capability allows the monitoring of actions within a defined area or process, and has endless applications in the real world.

    If you’re picturing just another surveillance system, think again.

    Ricoh Innovations has developed an edge-based, real-time, event-driven platform for IOT to drive the future of smarter facilities.

    Ricoh Innovations calls this ecosystem WorkPlace Solutions, a monitoring and analytics platform based on MoT human-like...

  • August 17, 2019

    What is Monitoring of Things?

    Monitoring is defined as “The observance and checking of the progress or quality of something over a period of time; keeping under systematic review”. In today’s high-speed, digital IoT environment, one should ask if monitoring, in its traditional sense, is enough. How are we leveraging the connectivity of all these physical devices? What are we doing with all the data? Can we take advantage of the billions of deployed sensors and cutting-edge technologies, like artificial intelligence? Yes, we can.