Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A well-known proverb states - "Walls have ears". Today water pipes have ears!

A well-known proverb states that “Walls have ears”, meaning, eavesdropping can occur when you least expect it. But how many times have you found yourself wondering about the stories different object could tell us, if they could only talk? Take, for example, this red fire hydrant.

I recently became aware of this cool startup that enables water pipes to listen to themselves, analyze the sounds retrospectively and figure out useful things.



Take a look at this hydrant: it’s red, neat, and does nothing to indicate what is going on beneath the surface of the sidewalk, for example - a leak! A leak from water pipes is problematic to say the least, but it some areas of the globe it can be dangerous and extremely costly.
A startup called aquarius-spectrum has invented the technology to allow any pipe outlet to literally listen inside, and the results can be very surprising! This technology is so sensitive that it can distinguish between minor water leakages along pipes embedded deep underground.
Personally, I was amazed by what this startup does!


When this technology is combined with modern internet technologies, a human operator in the office can be informed of the existence and location of a leak. The heavy lifting is performed by computers, and the bottom line is that the field operator acquires accurate coordinates of the location of the leak and fixes the malfunction.
Here is the movie.





Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What is the single button in LabSuit's orders management module that makes it so attractive?


Today I had a chance to talk with two different lab managers. Their labs both love and use LabSuit's order management. One lab manager talked about an inherent challenge that every lab faces. Another lab manager proposed a solution, and it's working!


1st lab manager said:

"Well, I wish we had a "magical plug" that would remind my lab members to update inventory items, when they physically move them from one location to another in the lab. Since the "plug" doesn't exist, the synchronization between actual inventory and its digital representation maybe a challenging thing".


2nd  lab manager said: 

I'm going to repeat it as a mantra from today:
"You don't have to be that much of a discipline-person with LabSuit. Every time the item is delivered, I click "Mark as Delivered" button which automatically updates or adds new inventory item. That's exactly what we need - with minimum effort we get very good synchronization between our inventory and LabSuit!"

Sure, I was pleased to hear that! 
And that's what I have to say: "Mark as Delivered" button itself saves tons of time!








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