Kennards Hire uses Fleet Space for its Internet of Rented Things
It will soon be much harder to convince the local Kennards Hire sales representative when returning a broken backhoe that the water damage was due to rain, and not because it was stupidly driven through a river — especially when Kennards already have the telemetry at hand.
The equipment rental company has signed a deal with Fleet Space to use the latter’s nanosatellites to beam information back. Kennards said its LoRaWAN-based asset tracking would allow for preventative maintenance and real-time reporting of safety and environmental metrics.
Fleet’s constellation was delivered into space by Space X, Rocket Lab, and ISRO.
“Fleet’s connectivity is an unparalleled solution, the cost point it offers allow us to connect more assets and provide more applications to customers increasing our value in the market,” said Kennards Hire general manager of strategic projects Craig Kesby.
“In the past year, devices and connectivity solutions have become more cost-efficient enabling business cases that the industry couldn’t justify a few years ago. Now, there are options for localised, low cost connectivity solutions, and off cellular coverage out of traditional networks.”
Also announced on Tuesday, fellow Australian satellite IoT company Myriota announced Pamela Melroy had joined its board as a non-executive director.
Melroy was previously a deputy director of the Tactical Technology Office within DARPA, and was the second woman to command a NASA space shuttle mission.
“The industrialisation of space is improving the world’s ability to monitor and communicate globally, and is having real world benefits on industries including agriculture and logistics,” Melroy said.
“Myriota is a serious player in the diverse and growing global space ecosystem, and I’m excited to be joining its board at a time when the maturity of space as a commercial industry is growing.”
5 Emergency Tools You Should Always Keep In Your Car
You probably remember at least one time in your childhood when your parents’ car needed a jump from a neighbor using jumper cables. In recent years, however, jump starter batteries that you can keep inside your car have become cheaper and more prevalent, and they’re now a must-have for your vehicle. The upside to having a portable battery you can jump your car with is obvious — you don’t need to rely on another vehicle or willing driver to bring your car back to life. This is especially crucial if you’re in an isolated area or it’s the middle of the night.
Jump starter batteries have a few caveats, as they are more expensive than cables, take up slightly more space, and, most importantly, you need to remember to keep them charged. However, their benefits outweigh these slight inconveniences, and it’s worth buying a good one even if they can get a little pricey.
This jump starter battery from DeWalt retails at $182, but it comes with everything you need. That includes LED lights to see your engine in the dark, an alarm if you’re not connecting to your battery correctly, a power bank to charge your phone, and even an air compressor. Plus, it’s also built to work in cold weather.
5 Workflow Generative AI Tools That Could Soon Help Make Your Job Easier
While Bing Chat may have gotten a lot of attention, it isn’t the only Microsoft product that has had its functionality enhanced by the addition of AI. Microsoft 365 Copilot integrates AI across the Microsoft 365 suite, allowing it to pull information from multiple sources and significantly improve your productivity.
Copilot can now be used for creative purposes in Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, Teams, and even Viva Engage. It can be used to write, edit and otherwise generate documents, reports, presentations, emails, questions, messages, and more. Furthermore, with its integration into Excel, Copilot can also be used as a powerful data analysis tool, giving you deep insights into your data in response to simply-worded questions, even generating models and visualizations as needed.
These implementations significantly increase the capabilities of each of the Microsoft 365 programs they have been added to. However, what really sets Copilot apart from many other implementations of generative AI is its ability to draw information from across Microsoft 365 and combine it for whatever you may require. This feature is called Business Chat and allows you to pull information from multiple sources, such as your email, calendar, and chats, all at once. You can have it generate updates, overviews, reports, and more so you can stay up to speed while keeping your team similarly informed.
10 Electric Cars With The Highest Maintenance Costs
Audi’s parent company Volkswagen is going all-in on electric vehicles, so it is no surprise that its luxury arm is manufacturing its own models. The e-tron presents a bevy of cutting-edge features backed up by the latest technology. Its electric drivetrain offers up to 426 horsepower and 596 lb-ft of torque in its top trim level, and all of them offer a refined luxury experience once inside. Some of its highlights include an LED headlight, adjustable air suspension, dual front touchscreens and digital gauge cluster, and seat heating and cooling. If Audi is trying to reach the executive class with this car, it shows the brand has done its homework. However, the new e-tron naming convention is a bit confusing, as the e-tron SUV is now the Q8 e-tron, which is different from the e-tron GT and Q4 e-tron. Perhaps Audi should scrap it and start naming cars after predator animals.
One thing the new Audi e-tron line may not have going for it is the company’s reputation for reliability. RepairPal ranks it at 28 of 32 brands, a rather poor showing. According to Edmunds, the e-tron will likely see $1,934 in repairs and $6,382 in maintenance. While the actual repair bill is modest, the maintenance cost is very high.
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