The Future of IoT Technology in Convenience Stores 

The Future of IoT Technology in Convenience Stores

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The Future of IoT Technology in Convenience Stores

The Future of IoT Technology in Convenience Stores

IoT (the internet of things) describes an ecosystem of physical devices that can exchange data with one another over the internet via sensors, software, and other technologies. Recently, this concept has been making notable headway in the retail space and, more specifically, within convenience stores.

IoT Technology in Retail

Convenience store owners are turning to IoT technology to help manage their revenue, security, supply chain, and food safety more efficiently and effectively. IoT technology provides insight into real-time data, conserves energy, increases profitability, and makes for an all-around improved customer experience within a convenience store.

By automating processes, IoT technology empowers convenience store owners to devote more time to making better business decisions and increasing revenue.

Implementing IoT technology within convenience stores is also a positive advancement for the customer, providing a more customized and personalized shopping experience. Whether it’s a customer’s first time in a convenience store or they’re a regular, IoT technology can deliver an experience that suits them.

Finding a Balance

It’s crucial to recognize the fine line between too much and not enough when it comes to IoT technology. While IoT advancements can undoubtedly curate a bespoke shopping experience, you’ll want to avoid overwhelming your customers with sales messages. Overdoing it on the technology front could create a detached feeling for customers, who may feel like they’re walking through a robotic version of a place that once felt comforting.

If you do establish the ideal IoT balance, you’ll find that this technology encourages connectivity between customers, the products they’re purchasing, and the store owners they’re buying these products from! By effectively analyzing customer behaviors, you can gain key insights into the offerings and approaches that most benefit your consumer base.

Security Concerns

IoT technology can enhance interactivity among students through the diversification of lesson mediums. For example, enabling students to participate in smartphone-based applications encourages them to interact with classmates and promotes knowledge retention.

Safety Protocols

As with most everything in life, there are downsides to increasing the presence of IoT technology in convenience stores. With so much of your business hinging on technology, the possibility of a data breach always exists, which could impact the store and the customer. These events can be especially challenging to spot, considering the dual nature of IoT devices, which serve both a physical and digital purpose.

All in all, the introduction of IoT technology to convenience stores comes with its fair share of novel responsibilities. But, as the future unfolds and technology becomes further integrated into our lives, it’s clear that those responsibilities are ones that convenience store owners should embrace.

Get Green! How to Sustainably Clean a Convention Center

Get Green! How to Sustainably Clean a Convention Center
Get Green! How to Sustainably Clean a Convention Center

Get Green! How to Sustainably Clean a Convention Center

Green cleaning has been a popular approach in home settings for years. More recently, custodial managers in commercial and industrial buildings are also seeking ways to reduce waste production, air and water pollution, and the spread of harmful microorganisms through greener cleaning practices.

Even in areas as large and widely trafficked as convention centers, custodial teams explore and implement eco-friendly sanitation practices.

Let’s explore some of the newest developments in convention center sanitation.

Eco-Friendly Chemicals

Many janitorial services have started employing more environmentally friendly cleaning agents. Harsh chemical components are no longer necessary to ensure a hygienic environment for convention center guests. Concentrated green cleaners are not only designed to be diluted (which extends the life of the product), but the use of eco-safe agents also helps to improve the air quality in convention centers.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

One of the most effective ways to strive for sustainability through sanitation services is by decreasing the garbage production. Reducing waste can be achieved in several ways:
  • Buying and using custodial tools and products that come with less unnecessary packaging than other brands
  • Abandoning single-use tools and materials in favor of reusable mop heads, cloths, dusters, etc.
  • Shopping for cleaners that come in recyclable containers, buying paper products sourced from recycled materials, and utilizing recycling bins throughout the facility

Water Conservation

Water conservation is a fundamental goal in sustainable cleaning practices. For example, installing water-saving restroom features (like sinks and toilets) and motion activation capabilities can decrease waste throughout the event building. 

Touchless cleaning features, like electrostatic sprayers, also assist custodial teams in reducing their water usage during cleaning sessions.

Additionally, replacing water-wasting custodial equipment with more environmentally innovative tools is applicable for mops and vacuum systems. 

Green Technology

Technological advancements go hand in hand with green janitorial services. For example, custodial teams can use smart devices to monitor traffic throughout convention centers, notify team members when repairs or sanitation services are needed, and keep hygienic items adequately stocked.

Touchless devices like toilet flush indicators, sinks, doors, and hand sanitizer dispensers limit the accumulation of bacteria on surfaces, reducing the amount of cleaning solution needed to ensure adequate sanitation.

Keeping convention centers clean can be accomplished without causing unnecessary water waste, air pollution, or increasing the volume of plastics and paper in landfills. In addition, green cleaning implementation provides custodial teams with solutions that satisfy hygiene demands and reduces our carbon footprint.

TRAX Analytics and Haltian announce partnership to provide a smart facility management solution in North America

TRAX Analytics and Haltian announce partnership to provide a smart facility management solution in North America
TRAX Analytics and Haltian announce partnership to provide a smart facility management solution in North America

TRAX Analytics and Haltian announce partnership to provide a smart facility management solution in North America

Using IoT helps coordinate facility management staff to meet demands while ensuring excellent user experiences and improved hygiene levels. The solution will be widely used in places such as airports, sporting venues and corporate facilities.

Overview

The use of IoT technology to support facility management is on the rise: according to research done by Verdantix, COVID-19 has driven 47% of firms to accelerate digitization in their operations. Facility management companies and property owners are constantly looking for new ways to provide the best possible user experience while keeping their operations efficient. This very reason is why TRAX Analytics has partnered with IoT expert, Haltian, to provide a new smart facility management solution for washrooms and facilities, which includes measuring the fill rates of paper and towel dispensers, visitor counting, occupancy information and air quality monitoring. Haltian delivers IoT data to the TRAX® Analytics’ platform and mobile application by using Haltian’s Thingsee IoT platform that consists of sensors, gateways, cellular connectivity, and cloud-based device management software.

For Haltian, the partnership is an important step towards the US market. “We are extremely happy to work with TRAX Analytics, a partner who understands the value of utilizing data in facility management.” Pasi Leipälä, Haltian CEO, comments. “With this partnership, we’re expecting to grow our presence in the US market in the coming years. We have built a unique out-of-box IoT experience that can be deployed easily anywhere in the World”, Leipälä concludes.

According to Leipälä, the best possible IoT solutions are often ones the end-user does not see at all. In the TRAX Analytics smart washroom solution, Haltian’s wireless, battery operated IoT devices can be installed inside paper towel dispensers and doorways with great flexibility, where they then can send data to the TRAX Analytics platform. “While this kind of solution makes the work of cleaners and facility management a lot easier and more efficient, the visitors rarely know it’s there and can simply enjoy a clean and always stocked washroom without a worry.” Leipälä continues.

Using data to drive facility management ensures high customer satisfaction and creates savings

Using this solution, TRAX Analytics’ customers can make their facility management an efficient and high-quality process. The facility management staff can get mobile notifications of cleaning and filling needs, check off completed tasks, manage inventory, and get valuable insight into how and when their spaces are used.
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“Facility management utilizes IoT data to create a data-driven cleaning process and help coordinate staff to meet their demands. Our system is being used by facility management companies to document and indicate proof of service by monitoring staff activity”, Patrick Trevino, TRAX Analytics VP of Sales and Marketing says.

The cleanliness of public places has a direct impact on customer satisfaction and user experiences. “Customers are paying more attention to the cleanliness of restrooms more than ever. Our clients have surveyed how the cleanliness of restrooms and customer spending can be directly correlated with the facilities’ cleanliness. The effect on your experience is immediate”, Trevino continues. “Of course, the demands for even higher levels of cleanliness and hygiene have risen during COVID, and our customers want to make sure their facilities are always clean and safe”.

TRAX Analytics has several modules that connect directly with Haltian IoT products. TRAX and Haltian have seen a rising demand for their products in all types of venues from airports and mass transit, to sporting venues and corporate real estate facilities. “Our customers are looking to collect data to help with decision making. Customers are turning to the TRAX solution to help develop cleaning routines that align with the enhanced cleaning processes.” Patrick Trevino comments. “What we love about Haltian’s Thingsee IoT platform is its ease of installation and use. It really helps our business scale when IoT data is reliable and available regardless of where our customers are located.”

Easy to use and scalable IoT solutions are on demand

When it comes to large scale IoT solutions, ease of use and high scalability are the two most important things for customers. “TRAX has partnered with Haltian for their IoT devices, due to the accuracy and durability of the Haltian IoT products. Haltian devices are quick and easy to deploy for all of our customer base and allow for our customers to scale with technology”, Trevino comments the partnership.

Contact information:

Pasi Leipälä, CEO & Co-Founder, Haltian Oy, tel. +358 40 5434579 pasi.leipala@haltian.com

Patrick Trevino, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, TRAX Analytics, Tel; 678-533-4014 Ptrevino@traxinsights.com

About Haltian

Haltian is a global IoT and product development company from Finland. Haltian IoT services include the Empathic Building digital twin service for smart buildings, and Thingsee, the proven IoT technology platform developed by Haltian, enables faster IoT launches for mass-scale deployments. Haltian has also been providing device manufacturers with world-class product design and engineering services since 2012. In 2019 Haltian became an AWS Advanced Technology Partner as well as AWS IoT competency certified platform partner.

Haltian IoT customers include many global businesses such as Lindström and Stora Enso. Haltian is also behind many global signature product designs, such as the Oura health ring. For more information, visit: https://haltian.com

About TRAX Analytics, LLC

TRAX Analytics ensures quality assurance and guest satisfaction by turning the day-to-day management of a facility into a data-driven process. With the use of IOT sensors, mobile applications, and data analysis, we provide teams with the tools to improve communication across an organization and monitor trends for a more proactive approach to cleaning and quality assurance. By equipping our clients with state-of-the-art technology and a business intelligence platform, TRAX gives organizations the power to measure staff and facility performance efficiently.

Haltian IoT customers include many global businesses such as Lindström and Stora Enso. Haltian is also behind many global signature product designs, such as the Oura health ring. For more information, visit: https://haltian.com

Major Janitorial Services in the US Select TRAX Analytics & Kontakt.io BLE Indoor Solutions to Improve Operational Efficiencies

Major Janitorial Services in the US Select TRAX Analytics & Kontakt.io BLE Indoor Solutions to Improve Operational Efficiencies
Major Janitorial Services in the US Select TRAX Analytics & Kontakt.io BLE Indoor Solutions to Improve Operational Efficiencies

Major Janitorial Services in the US Select TRAX Analytics & Kontakt.io BLE Indoor Solutions to Improve Operational Efficiencies

TRAX Analytics is an industry leader in transforming how businesses manage their custodial operations and facility cleanliness. TRAX and Kontakt.io, the global leader in Bluetooth™ powered IoT services, have partnered to provide digital transformation solutions for the janitorial services industry.

“In a world where the demand for cleanliness is increasing, the TRAX – KONTAKT.IO combined solution is at the forefront of helping janitorial services firms and building operators to create record-keeping of cleanliness, plan for effective routes, and measure performance to improve service.” said Mr. Patrick Trevino VP of Sales & Marketing at TRAX.

Using easy to install, wire-free BLE infrastructure like the kontakt.io Anchor Beacon or BLE enabled Wi-Fi access points where available, it is now possible to enable smart-phones to localize inside buildings. Innovative employee Badge products with built-in Bluetooth capabilities add further flexibility in understanding workflow and service delivery across indoor spaces.

With live IoT data from the Kontakt.io Building IoT APIs feeding into the TRAX cloud, it is now possible to achieve digital transformation in cleaning services within days.

“Using IoT to quantify buildings, delivering outcomes through event stream APIs is the cornerstone of any smart-building initiative” said Rom Eizenberg, CRO at Kontakt.io, “however the value to building operators and users alike is embedded in brilliant applications. This is why we were thrilled to partner with TRAX. Their innovative cloud application focuses on more efficient and digitally validated building cleanliness – and that could not have come to market in a better time, now when companies look to re-open the corporate building” added Mr. Eizenberg.

TRAX’s cloud applications, delivered as a service, provide janitorial services with the critical tools to digitally stamp workflows, ensuring appropriate staffing for the job, frequency of cleaning visits, utilization based resource allocation and more. Working together with Kontakt.io, TRAX has been able to incorporate Kontakt.io’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology and cloud services into its system, resulting in indoor location visibility out-of-the-box.

Earlier this year, Flagship, Inc was one of the first customers to deploy these innovative digital services. In this case study we show how Flagship, Inc had significant cost savings and service quality improvement in delivering janitorial services in corporate buildings.

About TRAX Analytics

TRAX Analytics ensures quality cleaning service and guest satisfaction by turning the day-to-day management of a facility into a demand-driven process. With the use of smart technologies, mobile applications, and data analysis, we provide teams the tools to improve communication across an organization to identify and monitor trends for a more proactive approach to cleaning and quality assurance. By equipping our clients with state-of-the-art technology and a business intelligence platform, TRAX gives organizations the power to efficiently measure staff and facility performance.

About Kontakt.io

Kontakt.io Inc. is the industry leader in indoor location services and BLE beacons. Their mission is to better connect people, locations and things to improve employees and customers’ experience, save costs, decrease carbon footprint, and increase productivity through innovation.

Kontakt.io empowers vertical business applications, with open standard APIs and AI-driven event streams to help enterprises accelerate through digital transformation. To their location-aware technology partners, they offer fleet management software, location and condition services, beacons, and gateways to help them focus on core innovation, reducing time to market and costs.

Today, Kontakt.io serves over 2,000 customers across diverse sizes and industries, from transportation and logistics to manufacturing, healthcare, airports, governments, and public spaces. They strive to delight people and make a real difference in the world wherever possible by providing an enterprise-tailored software solution scaled to the internet.