Red Cross Helps Citizens Prepare For Severe Weather
Your birth certificate, your social security card, your important documents, you would need some cash," said Red Cross Southeast Georgia Chapter Emergency Services Assistant Program Manager, Mark Moses-Hunt. "My communication plan is I will call one family member in Ohio and tell them to get a hold of everyone else because as power goes out as batteries go dead then your family starts to worry and that's how you can prevent all that worrying," said Hunt. While some folks will be able to head out of town before a disaster, Mark Hunt with the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross said those who can't will be helped to safety. When a tragedy strikes the Red Cross is ready to give a helping hand but it wants citizens to also prepare to help themselves. "It has your cots, it has your blankets, and it has your comfort kits, your toothpaste, deodorant, it has a generator for backup power," said Hunt. We would move Chatham County residents, if they don't have transportation, they would get on a bus and moved to Augusta," said Hunt. The Red Cross has multiple free apps you can download on your phone to help you before, during, and after a storm. Hunt said one of the important items you want to keep close to you though is a lesson learned from the Oklahoma tornadoes. "If the ceiling collapsed on us now and we were trapped in this building and we have a whistle around our neck or in our safe room we could blow that whistle with every heart beat and somebody would be able to find us," said Hunt. Before a serious weather threat moves through, you want to make sure your emergency kit is filled with items you may need at a moment's notice.
RFID News Roundup
The Loyalty Generator leverages customer intelligence culled from multiple data flows (stemming from the customer's smartphone and online account, as well as other Internet services and that individual's store-issued loyalty card), to engage the... Start-up Synqera has announced the Synqera Loyalty Generator, an NFC-enabled and Internet-connected in-store device designed to foster customer loyalty, improve customers' in-store shopping experiences and slow down what's known as... Customers can use the Loyalty Generator by tapping or swiping a loyalty card or NFC-enabled smartphone. Apart from Apple , nine out of the top 10 smartphone suppliers have launched at least one NFC-enabled product into the market, according to IMS, which notes that with Apple's loss of market share to Samsung and other smartphone providers, and with... A new report, issued by IMS Research , a market research firm for the global electronics industry, estimates that the number of NFC-enabled mobile phones will jump by a factor of 10 between 2012 and 2017, reaching 1. Created in collaboration with printer manufacturer Star Micronics , the Loyalty Generator delivers printed, customized shopping lists, in-store deals and store maps on the spot to shoppers at the retail store's entrance. In 2017, IMS believes the number of Android NFC-enabled smartphones will reach 718 million, or 67 percent of RFID-enabled handset shipments. In 2012, Android -based smartphones dominated the NFC marketplace, with 103 million units, or 86 percent, of all NFC-enabled smartphones shipped. In addition to the NFC capability, Shubin says, the Loyalty Generator differs from similar loyalty kiosks currently on the market because of its price and size. With the Loyalty Generator, retailers can offer shoppers in-store product discounts, third-party promotions, suggested items for purchase based on previous purchase decisions, personalized shopping lists, and store maps, among other services. It features Synqera's Scenario Generation Engine, which works in real time and combines user-profile information, purchase information, current situation data and content to create customized offers and shopping tools for customers. This type of NFC modem composed 97 percent, or 133 million, of all NFC modems shipped in handsets last year, according to IMS. The Intelligent InSites platform collects and processes real-time data from a variety of health-care IT systems, nurse-call systems, communications platforms, building-management systems, electronic health records and wireless sensor networks that... The report notes that there are also challenges to NFC's growth, including the need for NFC-enabled services and applications that consumers want. The Loyalty Generator is a device with a video display screen, an NFC module (the Gigatek RF320, from Gigatek ) and a printer. According to Filipp Shubin, Synqera's COO, the Loyalty Generator's architecture can incorporate the NFC module, as well as mag-stripe readers and bar-code scanners. Most NFC-enabled mobile phones have a standalone modem device embedded directly into the handset. According to Intelligent InSites, this ability to leverage real-time information across an enterprise enables health-care organizations to improve operations and care-delivery processes, resulting in more affordable care and improved patient... The rapid proliferation of NFC in mobile phones is being driven by several factors, including the expanding availability of contactless readers and rising consumer awareness. "The Loyalty Generator's hardware is more compact and finely tuned for printing, rather than screen navigation," he explains. Intelligent InSites has announced that its real-time location system (RTLS) software can now be integrated with the combined active RFID and Wi-Fi-enabled RTLS from Radianse.