1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com) the UK’s leading developer of mobile systems for the social housing sector has announced the addition of ‘1st Touch 360’ to its widely acclaimed range of enterprise mobile workforce software. This intuitive new dashboard solution, streamlines processes by delivering a single, 360 degree-view of all key metrics and customer data access points. As a result, all the information needed to conduct any customer visit is collated in one central easily navigable location. With such cross-functional visibility, tasks which would previously have required numerous customer visits by different teams are now resolved in one visit from a staff member operating in a multi-functional role. By significantly reducing the number of customer visits required, resources can be redirected to areas of greater need. Customer experience is another area that benefits, as outstanding issues are resolved far more quickly and effectively than before.
By this means, housing officers with 1st Touch 360 on their device can now, for example, record and request reactive repairs, update customer profiling information or liaise with the Social Landlord’s Supporting People team. Similarly, responsive repairs operatives will now be able to request a gas check, take a rent payment or report related issues such as anti-social behaviour and vandalism. Any customer facing functions can be incorporated into 1st Touch 360, as specified by management, who remain in control of what is visible to and accessible by each operative. Senior management also have far superior information to base key decisions upon. With 1st Touch 360 they gain real, in-depth insight into service efficiency and can monitor KPIs such as productivity and costs more effectively. A good example of this is ‘workflow for managers’. If a member of staff is off sick, they can update through 1st Touch 360 and their tasks for the day will be automatically rescheduled to the next available colleague.
All 1st Touch mobile functions can be incorporated from estate management, care services, pre & post inspection data, incomes and payment history, social and technical inclusion status, planned maintenance and more. An innovative real-time GPS function is also included. This boosts lone worker safety and enables operatives to call for further assistance on site.
In addition to integrating all the key metrics, 1st Touch 360 provides a collaborative & social toolkit too – allowing different workplace colleagues to message, update and post to others on the system and even to identify and communicate with approved suppliers in real time.
1st Touch 360 can also be used online as a self-service tool. This enables customers to manage a range of different issues themselves at a convenient time from the comfort of their home & through their own devices. All details recorded or actioned using 1st Touch 360 are automatically updated in the housing provider’s back office Housing Management System; irrespective of the system used. Importantly, 1st Touch 360 can also be implemented regardless of the mobile vendor deployed. This negates any risk of proprietary mobile lock-ins.
Robert Dent CEO of 1st Touch believes that by exploiting the advantages of technology, the new 1st Touch 360 solution could change the interface between social landlords and their customers. He notes, “We have always steered our development plans to meet the evolving needs of our customers. By listening closely to what they have told us, we realise how important driving Value For Money is as a central part of their strategy. This of course involves the reduction of cost and increases in productivity and efficiency. However, there is also an imperative to enhance the customer experience and to raise service levels. 1st Touch 360 helps to achieve all these aims, streamlining customer facing processes by enabling staff to become multi-functional. By reducing the number of visits required significantly it frees up hard-pressed resources for use in other areas with even greater need. Ultimately, I expect that best practice for many organisations may well change to reflect the advances that this new technology has made. ”
Depth of NetDocuments and Worksite expertise and professional approach help Ascertus bag the deal
LONDON, U.K. – Specialist document production and management solutions provider, Ascertus Limited, today announced that leading UK commercial law firm, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, has awarded the company the contract for the complete ongoing support of email and document management system, HP Worksite. Ascertus will maintain Worksite across Shepherd and Wedderburn’s offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Aberdeen; and help the firm upgrade Worksite to the latest version of the solution later this year. Presently, the firm has over 500 users.
Following Shepherd and Wedderburn’s acquisition of Tods Murray, the firm required 2.1 million assets to be migrated from cloud-based NetDocuments to its own preferred Worksite solution. Ascertus had already proven itself to the firm through its timely and successful project management of another high profile job, and was chosen to manage the migration project as a result.
“We were genuinely impressed by Ascertus’ in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of the project, but more crucially its understanding of the email and document management challenges a law firm faces,” elaborated Steve Dalgleish, Applications Manager at Shepherd and Wedderburn. “We gave Ascertus some pretty tough metrics for the NetDocuments conversion project – the team delivered on all counts and the task turned out to be a lot less stressful for us than we originally anticipated. Bringing the company on board as our preferred support services provider was the logical next step.”
Ascertus will provide a complete suite of support services tailored to Shepherd and Wedderburn’s requirements – right from online customer call logging; escalation and review; access to knowledge; managed software updates; consultancy and development services for integration projects, data imports/exports, data conversions and database amalgamations.
“As a support services provider for Worksite to numerous professional services firms, we have extensive experience in this space,” commented Roy Russell, Managing Director and CEO, Ascertus Limited. “We are delighted to be working with Shepherd and Wedderburn. Very early on in our interactions with the firm, we spotted a natural synergy in the way we function as organisations. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with the firm.”
About Ascertus Limited
Ascertus is a specialist provider of document production and management solutions for hosted and on-premise environments. Based in Central London, the company offers a full range of professional services – from consultancy, business analysis and project management; to software implementation, training, documentation and technical support. The combination of its full range of professional services and software solutions allow professional knowledge workers across sectors to demonstrate and justify their value to their organisation, effectively manage cost, mitigate risks, and enhance efficiency and productivity. Ascertus has successfully managed software installations at customer sites globally. For more information, visit: www.ascertus.com.
Accelerating talent mobility through improved communications and understanding big learner data
MUNICH – Speexx, the leading global provider of online language training, has released the first of its three-part video guide to help global HR and L&D professionals maximise on their talent and learner data.
According to a recent industry report, talent mobility and talent analytics are among the top ten workforce issues that organisations must focus on in 2015. (1) The three-part video clips by Speexx explore these corporate challenges. The first video is now available via http://bit.ly/1HQ6ZA1.
Armin Hopp, Founder and President of Speexx, presents:
Succession planning and talent mobility
This interview looks at the role of succession planning in today’s working context and how language learning will help a multi-generational workforce. It also highlights the internal organisational barriers that are likely to prevent a truly mobile workforce and offers practical tips for building a better succession planning strategy.
Two additional topics to follow later on this year are “Navigating data protection regulations for a global workforce” and “How to drive corporate training with big learner data”.
According to the Speexx Exchange 2014-2015 Survey (2) strong communication skills underpin a competitive advantage, with 92% of respondents rating communication skills as important or very important for overall business success. Yet, there are still some obstacles that make good communication difficult for organisations, the top one being lack of foreign language skills, cited by 41%. Other factors include intercultural differences (20%) and lack of management support (18%).
Armin Hopp, Founder and President of Speexx, says “Technology has broken down borders, enabling a truly global workplace, but in many cases the language barrier remains an obstacle to skills-based succession planning and employee mobility. A thorough succession management strategy involves foreign language and communication skills training for all staff, across the board. Furthermore, if organisations get the process right, learner data can also provide unparalleled insight into the learning process. Talent management as we have known it over the past ten years is about to be reinvented, with a focus on engagement, experience, and empowerment.”
Speexx helps large organisations everywhere to drive productivity by empowering employee communication skills across borders. Speexx offers an award-winning range of cloud-based online language learning solutions for Business English, Spanish, German, Italian and French with ongoing support in 13 languages. Speexx is easy to use and scales to the needs of users and training managers in organizations of any size. The Speexx branded Perfect Blend integrates online business communication skills training, mobile and social learning, expert coaches located throughout the world and personalized live online activities into one fully standardized, globally consistent learning experience. More than 7 million users in 1,500 organizations – including Ericsson, Saint-Gobain, UNHCR and Credit Suisse – use Speexx to learn a language smarter and deliver results on time. Speexx was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Munich, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Shanghai. For more information, visit www.speexx.com.
After a record year in 2014, the company continues to grow faster than the overall disk-based backup market and increase its market share
LONDON – ExaGrid, a leading provider of disk-based backup solutions, today announced that Q1 2015 was its most successful quarter to date. The company achieved record bookings and marked its fifth consecutive quarter as both cash and P&L positive. In addition, the company reported double-digit growth from Q1 2014.
“Q1 2015 was another record-setting bookings quarter for ExaGrid,” said Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid. “Our competitive win rate remains high as organisations continue to see the benefit of our architectural approach to backup storage versus simply adding data deduplication to a backup application or to an inline/scale-up storage appliance. The combination of ExaGrid’s unique landing zone and scale-out architecture solves all the problems of backup storage and is especially effective in virtual environments.”
In addition to record bookings and five consecutive quarters of being cash and P&L positive, ExaGrid has continued its expansion with the addition of sales teams in key regions in North America, EMEA, and Singapore. ExaGrid also expanded its channel program, increasing its partner status with CDW and adding Lifeboat as its newest North American distributor. Lifeboat, a value-added distributor for virtualisation, business continuity and other technically sophisticated products, will distribute ExaGrid’s disk-based backup with data deduplication appliances to its resellers in the United States and Canada.
ExaGrid continues to grow faster than the overall disk-based backup market, and as a result is gaining market share. The company remains committed to solving the problems of backup and being a valued partner to its more than 2,000 mid-market and enterprise customers, representing over 10,000 installations.
This March, ExaGrid received Network Computing’s first ever Return on Investment Award due to its track record of lowering operating costs and improving productivity, further validating the value ExaGrid provides to its customers.
Click here http://www.exagrid.com/why-exagrid/customer-types/ to learn more about why customers are choosing ExaGrid and why the company wins 70 percent of deals over its public competitors.
Organisations come to us because we are the only company that implemented deduplication in a way that fixed all the challenges of backup storage. ExaGrid’s unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provides the fastest backup — resulting in the shortest fixed backup window, the fastest local restores, fastest offsite tape copies and instant VM recoveries while permanently fixing the backup window length, all with reduced cost up front and over time. Learn how to take the stress out of backup at www.exagrid.com or connect with us on LinkedIn. Read how ExaGrid customers fixed their backup forever.
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Pivotal GemFire in memory-database integrated with federated search and encrypted security for high scale custom applications
SearchYourCloud (SYC) today announced a relationship with Pivotal, the software company at the intersection of big data, PaaS, and agile development, to integrate SYC's patented federated search and security application on Pivotal GemFire, an in-memory database for high scale and real-time applications. Pivotal's implementation of SearchYourCloud will enable secure access and accurate searching capabilities for over 120 customers' mission-critical enterprise applications.
"As enterprises rely on cloud applications to improve business productivity and flexibility, they have been forced to consider how data is being stored, accessed and shared in the cloud," said Simon Bain, SearchYourCloud CEO. "Pivotal's customers rely on the GemFire platform for their business critical applications, and SearchYourCloud can assure their customers will have an accessible, secure search across applications customised to meet each enterprise's users requirements and standard practices."
Pivotal GemFire, a world-class NoSQL in-memory database, powers leading enterprise mission critical applications across every industry. It delivers unmatched global scalability and real-time performance while uniquely maintaining application and data consistency.
Now, Pivotal's users can benefit from SearchYourCloud's patented search, which returns more select and specific results, in current workflows, from the desktop to the cloud with a single search query. Data and files are transported and stored to and from the cloud already encrypted to AES 256 standards and can be securely accessed from any authorised mobile or static device, with dynamically assembled keys. Every time a user accesses a document, SearchYourCloud simultaneously encrypts it at the end device based on the content, author/s, date range and document Meta data, and updates the in-memory search index making it the fastest, most secure search engine available. Administrators have complete control, down to the file level, of all access, usage, audit and deletion of files in the system. For additional security, the index can stand behind the end-user's firewall.
"With the drastic increases in data from users, devices, and applications, developers and IT architects have to stretch meet ever increasing enterprise standards, while still ensuring their businesses can innovate," said Michael Cucchi, senior director of product marketing at Pivotal. "By partnering with SearchYourCloud, we are able to deliver our customers a quick and relevant cloud ready search solution to instantly locate the files they need and responsibly returning only the subset of the required data, but most importantly, doing it with the security and control that our enterprise customers demand."
Latest release of EDB’s Postgres Plus Cloud Database supports heightened security requirements
BEDFORD, Mass. – EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, today announced expanded data encryption for its Postgres Plus Cloud Database products on Amazon Web Services. The new level of security provides greater data protection that governments and many companies often demand in the cloud.
In the U.S., the addition of the encryption of data while it is in storage means Postgres Plus Cloud Database is now suitable for use with healthcare applications which must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, which governs personal health care information. Because Postgres Plus Cloud Database is available worldwide on Amazon Web Services, the new data privacy measure means companies in sensitive industries globally may be able to tap an enterprise-class, low cost cloud database.
“EDB’s cloud database has long met the higher security standards required by US federal agencies but the expanded data encryption capacity is the last check in the box required for a major need in healthcare,” said Marc Linster, Senior Vice President of Products and Services at EnterpriseDB. “Companies in highly regulated industries are seeking to leverage the cloud for a wider range of workloads, including applications involving sensitive information, because of the cost benefits and flexibility. Now they have a new option in EDB.”
“Today we hear healthcare CIOs telling us that the preference for solutions is cloud first, and on-premises solutions must be justified: Cloud-based solutions are becoming the default choice,” wrote Forrester Research senior analyst Skip Snow in a March 11, 2015 blog post titled Cloud Implementations: The Default Choice for CIOs in Healthcare.
EDB’s cloud products spin up new databases in separate, private instances, and supports advanced auditing capabilities, meeting the heightened security requirements of HIPAA and many organisations. EDB offers two Postgres cloud products on AWS Marketplace, Postgres Plus Cloud Database Advanced and Postgres Plus Cloud Database Basic. Both products provide specialised support for Postgres while the Advanced edition includes EDB’s enhancements, tools and database compatibility for Oracle.
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NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that ITA Group, a leader in events, incentives and recognition programs, has deployed two of its hybrid arrays for the same cost of a capacity expansion of its existing EMC VNX 5500. ITA Group works with Fortune 500 and 1000 companies to advance employee and channel engagement. Based in West Des Moines, Iowa, the company employs more than 500 people in regional offices across the country. Faced with a “truly expensive” capacity upgrade needed for its EMC storage, ITA Group reached out to several hybrid vendors, bringing Tegile, Nimble Storage and Tintri in for what was described as an “in-house bake off.” After moving parts of its workloads over to all of the arrays for IOP testing, the company ultimately chose Tegile for its inline deduplication and compression abilities. “The biggest thing we saw was Tegile’s data reduction,” said Todd Volz, Network Engineer at ITA Group. “The cost savings from that were close to the price of upgrading the EMC VNX 5500. Tegile allowed us to come in under budget compared to the storage upgrade, which our managers really liked.” ITA Group reduced their disk space by 60% by leveraging Tegile's inline data de-duplication and compression. With nearly 500 VMs and another 200 planned for the near future, ITA Group needed a solution that could minimize the impact of duplicate OS data from their highly virtualized VMware environment. Tegile hybrid arrays leverage the performance of flash, the density of hard disks and the rich features of IntelliFlash™ operating system, to deliver a compelling storage platform that accelerates a wide variety of workloads in the enterprise. Duplicate data from OS images, applications, libraries, and user-specific applications that are spread across virtual desktops are automatically identified and reduced by inline deduplication and compression capabilities of Tegile arrays. Organizations can consistently achieve greater than 10-to-1 reduction in storage footprint when deploying a large number of virtual desktops – all this without compromising performance. "Despite all of the pronouncements about the cost of storage capacity continuing to drop, organizations like ITA Group are still feeling the pinch as the volume of data under storage continues to rise beyond what they have budgeted, especially in virtualized environments," said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing at Tegile. "Storage incumbents like EMC believe that they have users locked into their existing solutions and feel that they can charge exorbitant prices to expand their undersized devices. We’re pleased to offer an alternative to this approach by enabling companies to not only reduce the data they have under management but oftentimes improve the performance of their systems at a price less than simply expanding capacity.” About Tegile Systems Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments. Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash™ technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.
Perforce Helix Distributed Version Control System Brings Greater Flexibility While Maintaining Enterprise-class Security, Auditability and Control
- Helix Versioning Engine with distributed version control capabilities is now available to all customers
- Hybrid approach combines the speed and autonomy of a distributed system with the security and visibility of a centralised system
WOKINGHAM, UK – Perforce Software today announced the general availability of the Distributed Version Control System (DVCS) capability in Perforce Helix, the new software configuration management and content collaboration platform that was unveiled last month. Helix Versioning Engine offers a hybrid approach to version management, blending a Git-like distributed workflow with the traditional centralised mode of operation. With Helix, enterprises can offer developers the workflow they want, while maintaining visibility and control over the distributed environment. Unlike other DVCS solutions, Helix is unencumbered by limits on file and repository sizes.
According to Gartner, “When scaling the [DVCS] solution, enterprise groups have to deal with issues of security, process management, traceability and accountability. Organisations also speak of being uncomfortable with what is perceived as a larger possibility for loss of source code. This was particularly problematic when source access had previously been partitioned among programmers to reduce intellectual property risks.” 
Because Helix features Perforce’s field-tested version management technology at its core, companies benefit from security, scalability, performance and visibility. Developers, on the other hand, have the freedom to use either a distributed or central workflow and are able to work disconnected from the shared repository.
With Helix Versioning Engine, you can:
- Work disconnected and boost productivity with local repositories
- Enjoy a Git-like workflow without limits on file or repository sizes
- Push and fetch to move content between independent Helix sites
- Maintain enterprise-grade security while preserving rich history and audit trails
“While developers demand the freedom to work in a distributed fashion, enterprise requirements for security and visibility remain a priority,” said Christopher Seiwald, founder and CEO of Perforce. “For years, Perforce has been trusted to manage companies’ most valuable IP - their source code and other digital content. We now enable developers to have the flexibility of a DVCS while maintaining the level of IP protection and control their companies are used to with Perforce.”
Perforce Helix is available immediately. The product is free of charge for the first 20 users. Please visit www.perforce.com/downloads
 Gartner Hype Cycle for Application Development, 2014, Thomas E. Murphy, Nathan Wilson, Maritess Sobejana, 29 July 2014
About Perforce Software
Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively, securely, and efficiently. Perforce Helix is a source code management (SCM) and content collaboration platform trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including Samsung, NVIDIA, SAP, Pixar, National Instruments, Salesforce.com and the New York Stock Exchange. According to an independent study, companies that migrate to Perforce improve developer productivity by 15% and release their products 25% faster. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, with offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit www.perforce.com
CAMBRIDGE, UK – CRedit360 (http://www.credit360.com) today announced a new software partnership with sustainability investing specialists RobecoSAM to deliver a technical solution that will help reduce the reporting burden facing many companies today. CRedit360 is one of the two initial software providers that include RobecoSAM’s new Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) XBRL framework, allowing required information to be automatically tagged and transferred with minimal effort required by the reporting company.
RobecoSAM’s new integration is based on XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language), the open international standard for digital business reporting. XBRL-based information transfer leverages software tools to remove complexity from the reporting process. The new integration allows for the automated transfer of information from the CRedit360 system to the DJSI reporting platform. Structuring data in XBRL format standardises it, reducing loss of quality when it is shared, making it more accessible to consumers of the data and potentially offering synergies between different reporting standards
"We are proud to announce our partnership with RobecoSAM to deliver this industry-leading reporting capability. CRedit360 was keen to partner with RobecoSAM to deliver a technical solution to reduce the increasing burden of sustainability reporting,” says Efrain Quiros, VP of Partnerships, CRedit360. “This new technical interface will alleviate some of the reporting burden in the short-term, while the new underlying DJSI XBRL structure will help address longer-term reporting demands. By leveraging technology, companies now benefit from adopting long-term strategies while simultaneously reducing the reporting burden immediately."
Manjit Jus, Head of Sustainability Application & Operations, RobecoSAM, adds: “The increasing number of corporate sustainability assessment and rating frameworks poses a growing challenge for companies. We are proud to be a pioneer in collecting sustainability information in this way and we hope that an increasing number of companies will use digital reporting to improve the reusability, comparability and overall quality of sustainability information.”
CRedit360’s integrated software solution empowers companies accurately capture, manage, and report the sustainability and EHS information needed to ensure compliance and drive performance across all business areas. DJSI were launched as the first global sustainability benchmarks and CRedit360 has been helping companies manage their data in-line with DJSI for more than a decade, in addition to other leading frameworks such as GRI and CDP. CRedit360’s Corporate Reporter tool streamlines the process of requesting, reviewing and collating responses across multiple reporting frameworks. It provides a central online repository to cover all your reporting needs including frameworks such as DJSI, CDP, GRI, FTSE 4 Good, and UN Global Compact.
CRedit360 provides companies with a 360-degree view of EHS, Compliance, Energy and Carbon, Corporate Social Responsibility and Supply Chain information. Our integrated software solution empowers companies to accurately capture, manage, and report the sustainability and EHS information needed to ensure compliance and drive performance across all business areas.
Headquartered in Cambridge UK, with offices in the United States and New Zealand, CRedit360 serves over 200 clients including McDonald’s, Philips, Staples, and British Airways, and is a recognised leader and innovator in sustainability & EHS management solutions. CRedit360 was recently named as a global leader in both sustainability management software and EHS software by independent analyst firm Verdantix. For further information, please visit credit360.com.
Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. It offers asset management, indices, engagement, voting, impact analysis, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. Asset management capabilities cater to institutional asset owners and financial intermediaries and cover a range of ESG-integrated investments (in public and private equity), featuring a strong track record in resource efficiency theme strategies. Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM publishes the globally recognised Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Based on its Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual ESG analysis of 2,900 listed companies, RobecoSAM has compiled one of the world’s most comprehensive databases of financially material sustainability information.
RobecoSAM is a member of the global pure-play asset manager Robeco, which was established in 1929 and is the centre of expertise for asset management within the ORIX Corporation. As a reflection of its own commitment to advocating sustainable investment practices, RobecoSAM is a signatory of the UNPRI and a member of Eurosif, ASrIA and Ceres. Approximately 130 professionals work for RobecoSAM, which is headquartered in Zurich. As of June 30, 2014, RobecoSAM had assets under management, advice and/or license in listed and private equity of approximately USD 10.7 billion. Additionally, RobecoSAM’s Governance & Active Ownership team had USD 85.1 billion of assets under engagement and USD 53 billion of assets under voting. RobecoSAM USA is an investment adviser registered in the US.
Innovative Design Receives U.S. Patent: Canopy for Portable Electrical Device Reduces CO Poisoning or Electrocution Risks
NOTTINGHAM, NH – GenTent® Safety Canopies - makers of easy-to-install weatherproof covers for safe operations of portable generators in virtually any wet weather conditions -today announced GenTent Stormbracer® has been tested by 360° Product Testing to withstand 70 MPH winds and 18 inches of snow load, while preserving the cooling ability of the generator, using materials resistant to potential auto-ignition. Additionally, GenTent Safety Canopies have been awarded a U.S. Patent titled Canopy For Portable Electrical Device.
Today’s news specifically addresses a primary portable generator conundrum: the inability to safely operate outdoors in inclement weather. GenTent Stormbracer® solves this issue by enabling the continued and safe operation of portable generators during storms — in lieu of sheltering these devices indoors and exposing individuals to CO poisoning.
As tested by 360° Product Testing, the GenTent operates in forecast winds of 70 MPH, supports 55.5lbs of load, remains watertight in the equivalent of 24 inches of rain per hour, does not change the cooling profile or modify air intake of the [tested] portable generator in any way, and product materials will not auto-ignite even when exposed to high temperature surfaces typical of a hot muffler.
With an initial product launch in March of 2012, GenTent began operations with one primary goal: develop a method to safely keep portable generators operating during the worst weather conditions. GenTents have flawlessly protected families in the hardest hit areas of Superstorm Sandy and every major U.S. storm since. Today, GenTent has a safe, inclement weather operating solution for 98 percent of the portable generator market, is 100 percent manufactured in the U.S., and has sold over 5,000 units worldwide. GenTent products are engineered to be more affordable and convenient than stationary, steel generator enclosures, retrofit plastic sheds or DIY dog- houses.
GenTents keep portable generators:
- Safe while running in wet weather by protecting the Electrical Panels, from any angle, including Blizzard and Hurricane force precipitation.
- Portable and easily movable — with easy access for refueling and maintenance.
- Naturally cool - unlike generator dog-houses or other full canvas enclosures, cooling air is not blocked.
- Able to naturally expel exhaust gasses so no buildup of poisoning gasses occurs.
“You need an easy to use product that protects your portable generator for use in inclement weather, and GenTent is the best option. I’ve used my GenTent safety canopy since 2012, including for three consecutive days during Superstorm Sandy in rural New Jersey and it kept my generator perfectly dry,” said Thomas A. D’Angelo, of ECO Systems Environmental Consulting. “I use my GenTent canopy for power outages year-round and in every type of weather. It slips on and off in minutes and their customer support and dedication to offering a durable product is phenomenal. I would recommend GenTent to any portable generator owner."
GenTent Safety Canopies now holds U.S. Patent 8,997,769 titled Canopy For Portable Electrical Device. More specifically, the patent was awarded for GenTent’s method of deflection of water from portable electrical equipment, comprising: affixing a plurality of mounting brackets to a frame of said portable electrical equipment; inserting support rods into said brackets as to create a support frame; extending a waterproof cover over said support frame while allowing ventilation of said portable electrical equipment.
“We are proud that GenTent Safety Canopies now holds the industry’s first U.S. Patent in the portable generator, weather protection space,” said Inventor and GenTent CEO, Mark Carpenter. “It’s our intent to share our innovated offering via OEM branded GenTents, with other companies, thereby enabling them to extend our safety product to a greater market base.”
About GenTent Safety Canopies
Established in 2011, GenTent® Safety Canopiesare easy-to-install weatherproof covers that ensure safe operations of portable generators in virtually any wet weather conditions while keeping the generator portable. The GenTent eliminates CO poisoning or electrocution risks by enabling portable generators to safely operate outdoors away from structures during wet weather. Installation is a simple 3-step operation - Clamp it, Frame it and Cover it – to “Weatherproof Your Power” ™.
The company’s patented, portable generator safety canopies are 100 percent U.S. made and relied on by the National Guard as well as homeowners and businesses during such notable storms as Hurricane Sandy. GenTent is considered the premier safety canopy for portable generators operated by RV owners, tailgaters, campers, homeowners, businesses and first responders. For more information visit: http://www.gentent.com/.