Utility supplies License-free portable Walkie Talkie pt5

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The user feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, Thrailkill says the staff has been very clear about never wanting to use the 2 Way Radios again.

“I expected there to be a much bigger learning curve,” Thrailkill says. “Having come from using walkie-talkies for years — where you can’t do them wrong, all you do is push a button and talk — I expected it to be a month or more for [employees] to get used to commands and then connecting to a person, talking back and forth, and then remembering to end that conversation by pushing a button. It really was only a week.”

The Container Store plans to bring the Theatro wearable to a second store in the Dallas area within the next few weeks. In addition to bringing in the team to make Wi-Fi adjustments, it will send at least one IT representative to help with coaching for a day or so, Thrailkill says. He doesn’t expect much IT intervention beyond that. The company intends to put the Theatro wearable into the hands of roughly 2,500 employees in all of its more than 64 (and growing) stores during the next few years, adjusting the rollout and support process as necessary.

As for pricing, Thrailkill wouldn’t share specifics. He says the licensing fees, which increase as you add users, aren’t cheap, but he feels like his company is getting good value. “It’s very reasonable, I think, for the value it’s providing, and that value equation is going to go up tremendously as Theatro continues to add features.”

The Future of Wearable Tech at The Container Store

Today, Thrailkill and his team is focusing on the Theatro wearable rollout at its Dallas-area store. He does not plan to deploy the wearables at any other stores this year, though the ultimate goal is to use them in all of the company’s stores.

The company is also using an in-store, hosted server in its Austin location for the voice component of the system, instead of relying solely on Theatro’s cloud. Theatro says this allows it to run two development tracks with separate development teams — one focused on feature enhancements and another for creating the infrastructure to support large scalability. The Dallas-area store will operate in a similar environment.

“In the coming months, these two tracks will merge and The Container Store will be utilizing the entire solution as a cloud service,” according to Todd.

Along with the Dallas store rollout, The Container Store plans to distribute wearables to its “resource center,” or online help desk, which employees use for information on everything from IT questions to HR inquires, Thrailkill says. Wearable users will eventually be able to query the resources center for help with a system issue or HR question.

The ultimate goal is for the Theatro system to be deeply integrated with The Container Store’s IT infrastructure and systems. That way, the CEO could, for example, record a voice message with a smartphone or other devices and then distribute it to all retail staffers via their wearables.

Theatro and The Container Store have also discussed how the devices and associated cloud system could replace the employee time-clock system and integrate with inventory data, customer information systems and much more.

Theatro’s discussions with The Container Store began with personal communication. But they have evolved, Todd says. “A higher value opportunity might be the human-to-machine interface, connecting those people to the IT infrastructure versus just connecting the people to each other.

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Motorola Posts Disappointing Q1 On Government Slowdown, Narrowbanding Impact

With such a lot of information on the net about 2 way Radio’s it is hard to find the top and most direct information. here is an article from a good site that i believe to be accurate, don’t quote me on it but please read and enjoy

Motorola Solutions(NYSE:MSI) recently announced a weak set of Q1 2014 results, as government revenues fell 11% and operating profits by 21% over the same period last year due to a higher-than-expected overhanging impact of narrowbanding in North America. A sustained decline in the federal business also had an impact on government revenues, and the company expects only a modest improvement this year from the government shutdown-related lows of last year. The companys enterprise revenues, excluding iDEN, declined just 1% over the same period last year recovering gradually from recent macroeconomic uncertainties and offsetting some of the impact of the under-performing government division. Motorola expects the demand environment, especially in the government business, to remain challenging in the near term, with government sales expected to decline by 8-11% in the second quarter.
In order to focus singularly on its government business, which accounts for almost 70% of its total revenues, Motorola has decided to sell off its enterprise division to Zebra Technologies for $3.45 billion in cash. The company expects the deal to close by the end of the year, following which the excess capital will be returned to shareholders in a timely manner. The enterprise sale provides Motorola with an opportunity to restructure and reduce costs in keeping with the current business environment. Motorola expects to cut around $200 million in operating costs over the next 18-24 months. We have a slightly revised$65 price estimate for Motorola, whichis about in line with the current market price.
Narrowbanding And Federal Impact
One of the biggest reasons that Motorola mentioned for its top-line under-performance last quarter was its lower-aged government backlog in North America. The company acknowledged that it underestimated the impact of narrowbanding in previous years, which had led to record years in 2012 and 2011.Motorolas government revenues in those years were boosted by thenarrowbanding mandate issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which necessitated a switch to a more efficient spectrum band for public safety operations. With most of the narrowbanding-related equipment upgrades now complete and government agencies going slow on their capital spending, Motorolas government businessfaces near-term growth concerns.
The tough year-over-year comparison was accentuated by a challenging federal environment in the aftermath of the recent government shutdown in September. In the fourth quarter, Motorola had suffered a revenue hit of about $150 million in its federal business. Since most of this shortfall wasnt deferred, Motorola was unable to recoup the losses in Q1. The federal slump should continue in the near term, with government sales expectedto decline by about 9.5% at the mid-point of guidance. However, for the full-year, the company expects a solid back-half recovery to help stem the slide to the low-to-mid single digits. The downside is limited by the fact that public safety is usually down the priority list of areas in which governments will look to cut their spending. As a result, we see any further impact to government revenues from sequestration, or the spending cuts that the federal government started implementing, being fairly muted.
LTE Transition And Margins Key To Long-term Fundamentals
Going forward, we see the adoption of LTE for public-safety use, along with the broader trend of analog-to-digital shift in the U.S. and internationally, as the key drivers of Motorolas value. U.S. public safety spending in the coming years will be bolstered by the job creation bill passed in 2012 that reallocated the D Block spectrum for public safety use and provided a funding of $7 billion to build out a nationwide network over eight years. We expect Motorola to benefit from the stickiness of its government customers as well as its strong market position and large installed base of security devices to grab a big chunk of that market going forward.The companys recent launch ofAPX 7000L, its first 2 way Radio that works both on legacy LMR (Land Mobile Radio) and next-generation 4G LTE networks, bolsters our view that Motorola has positioned itself strongly to benefit from the LTE transition in the years to come (seeMotorola Solutions Sharpens LTE Focus With First 4G-Capable Radio For Public Safety).
It is also a good sign for the future that the company has been successful in driving efficiency through its operations over the last couple of years, and expects to accelerate those efforts in the coming quarters. Despite the top-line concerns and significant operating leverage in the business, Motorola expects operating margins to improve by almost a percentage point to 18.5% in 2014, benefiting mostly from the the cost controls in place as well as the $200 million in cost cuts expectedover the next two years. Going forward, we expect the operational efficiencies to more than offset the gross-margin decline that could result from rising competition in the coming years as rivals increasingly address the ongoing transition of public safety networks from analog to digital.

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