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How AI Drone Roofing Assessments Save Time, Money, and Mitigate Risk

September 8, 2021 / by National Roofing Partners posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, K-12 Education

National Roofing Partners (NRP) provides participants of OMNIA Partners with a centralized database that features inventory and deficiency reports, giving school facility managers the ability to prioritize and group maintenance projects. The result? Streamlined processes--from reactive emergency repairs to proactive strategies--without sacrificing time, budget, or risk.

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How to Optimize the Acoustics in Your Space

September 7, 2021 / by Milliken posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Furniture, K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Higher Education

Loud spaces can negatively impact concentration, memory, productivity, comprehension, and lower morale. Long-term exposure to noise can even increase heart rates and quicken breathing, leading to higher levels of stress hormones. In educational environments, common ambient noise levels decrease intelligibility significantly — in some cases by as much as half. Continue reading to discover the positive impact a quiet environment can have on your organization and a few steps to help optimize the acoustics in your space.

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Getting Real About the Digital Workplace

September 2, 2021 / by Iron Mountain posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

The words “digital workplace” mean something different today than they did a year or two ago.

We’ve all learned a lot this past year about what’s really essential when it comes to getting work done, whether that’s meeting the needs of customers or virtually connecting with co-workers. So, it’s safe to say our digital workplace initiatives are much more reality-driven.

Long after the pandemic, we’ll still be processing what we’ve learned. We’re not simply picking up the pieces and going back to “business as usual.” We’re going back to a different workplace. Learn how your organization can ensure digitization done right (now available through OMNIA Partners' cooperative contract with Iron Mountain). 

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Single Sourcing Eases Telecom and IT Challenges for Cities and States

August 31, 2021 / by Granite posted in Local & State Government, Information Technology

If you never hear the C-word again, it will be too soon, but COVID-19 continues to impact all aspects of state, county and city government, not the least of which is IT.

No doubt the pandemic upended your agencies five-year strategic IT plans, forcing you to reprioritize to support remote work in the early days of the crisis. Now that states, counties and cities are opening up again, your agency must reassess decisions made and technology deployed in haste.

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6 Data Security Solutions to Prevent Cyber-Attacks

August 27, 2021 / by Insight Public Sector posted in Local & State Government, Information Technology

Ransomware attacks remain prevalent. You can unknowingly download ransomware onto a computer by opening an email attachment, clicking an ad, or visiting a website that's embedded with malware. The costly disruptions to your operations and loss of critical information is not worth the risk. Through a competitively solicited and publicly awarded cooperative contract with OMNIA Partners and Insight Public Sector, participants have access to a plethora of cybersecurity solutions to prevent and mitigate risk.

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Reducing Overheight Collisions: Get to Know Your Overheight Warning System Options

August 25, 2021 / by Traffic and Parking Control Co., Inc. (TAPCO) posted in Local & State Government, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

Collisions between overheight vehicles and low-clearance structures – bridges, tunnels, parking structures and more – are both common and costly. Proactively alerting overheight vehicle drivers of an impending collision can drastically reduce incidents and boost safety for all road users.

While overheight warning systems make this possible, it’s important to right-size the system and leverage the most effective configuration.

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International Airport Saves Big on Vertical Transportation

July 29, 2021 / by KONE posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Local & State Government

An airport serving more than 22 million passengers per year—including 1 million traveling to nine foreign countries—is one of the busiest single-runway airports in the world. In that high-volume environment, efficient vertical transportation is the key to customer satisfaction. Elevators and escalators there must be reliable, dependable and deliver maximum uptime.

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Streamline Your Staffing Solutions Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 13, 2021 / by Acro Service Corporation posted in Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Local & State Government

Public agencies are working tirelessly to address their community needs during the current COVID-19 pandemic. As you juggle numerous staffing needs, ever increasing processing requirements, and shrinking budgets, finding a staffing solution can help jumpstart the recovery process.

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How to Manage a Volunteer Surge During a Municipal Disaster

July 5, 2021 / by PODS posted in Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness

When Hurricane Irma slammed into the Florida coast in 2017, Governor Rick Scott made a state-wide plea for at least 17,000 volunteers to assist with recovery. Scott directed citizens to Volunteer Florida, the state’s lead agency for volunteers before, during and after disasters. 

Florida, a state battered regularly by hurricanes and tropical storms, already had an infrastructure of connected volunteer networks equipped with training materials, supplies, and disaster plans. Those organizations, working with first responders and city government, were ready to organize the thousands of volunteers anxious to help. 

But not every state, or municipality, has weathered a major crisis and its cleanup. Regardless, having an effective plan to have in place to manage a volunteer surge can be the difference between chaos or calm after a hurricane, snowstorm, wildfire or other natural disaster. 

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What You Need To Know About TNC vs. Student Transportation Management

June 30, 2021 / by ALC Schools posted in K-12 Education, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

Alternative student transportation can be complex. Here's what you need to know to empower your organization's transportation needs. ALC Schools clarifies some confusion about two student transportation models for those who fall outside the general population: student transportation management and TNC (transportation network company). 

While both models allow for flexibility, scalability, and cost cutting, there are other, less obvious, things you should know when deciding which model is best for your district. A key differentiating factor between the student transportation management and TNC models is the safety standard each is subject to when transporting students.
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