Business Info - issue 151 magazine 04 Look and book Zoom is addressing the needs of hybrid workers with the launch of a workspace reservation system. Accessible as a Zoom App or through a web browser,Workspace Reservation enables hybrid teams to book office workspaces and resources in advance or on arrival, either at a kiosk in the reception area or by scanning QR codes at specific meeting rooms or hot desks. The solution also enables users to see who else will be in the office on a given date and view seating locations on office floorplans. Sensei is hoping to revolutionise vending in offices, hospitals, stations, schools, universities, gyms and other locations with the launch of its first Autonomous Cabinet. This uses a combination of smart inventory management, cameras and intelligent shelves to provide users with true ‘grab and go’ convenience, including the ability to pick up and hold products before buying them. Customers can open the cabinet door with the Sensei app or the tap of a card and are charged automatically for any products they decide to keep. Retailers benefit from the ability to stock items of all shapes, sizes and price points, with real-time visibility of stock and sales via the Sensei Fast App platform. Grab and go Twice as good The NEC Dual-Collaboration Room System from Sharp NEC Display Solutions Europe combines two identically designed displays – one interactive and one non-interactive – into a user-friendly system for team meetings. Shown for the first time at ISE 2022 in Barcelona, the first Du-Co Room System of its type will be available in 55in and 65in versions. Desktop to doorstep Managed workplace services (MWS) provider Apogee Corporation is helping businesses streamline the production and delivery of business mail, such as statements and invoices, with the launch of a ‘desktop to doorstep’ solution that enables customers to send business mail directly from their PC or laptop to Apogee’s secure, ISO 27001-accredited mailing facilities for printing, insertion into an envelope and posting. As well as reducing or removing the need for in-house mailing equipment and supplies, AutoMail gives access to discounted postal rates, even for low volumes of mail. Businesses can also apply user-specific controls to printing choices (mono, colour or both) and postal services (first or second class). Smart tap Green Custard, a Cambridge-based professional services company and AWS Advanced Consulting partner, is helping soft drinks company Britvic to reduce its consumption of single-use plastics by developing software for a new range of IoT-enabled drinks dispensers intended for deployment in supermarkets, large businesses and other high footfall locations. Part of Britvic’s strategy to reduce the carbon footprint of its products across their lifecycle, including refrigeration, transport and manufacturing, the Aqua Libra Flavour Tap is operated via a touchscreen interface built using AWS mobile, cloud and IoT capabilities. Once a user has selected the flavour and style drink they want (e.g still or fizzy), it is dispensed into the customer’s own bottle. WH AT ’ S N E W INNOVATIONS On your trike London recycling company First Mile has invested in a fleet of four electric trikes as part of its strategy to decarbonise its recycling collections and reduce congestion in the capital. Each of the custom-built trikes can carry 250kg of recycling, the same operational capacity as a 3.5 tonne van, and cover 25 miles on a single battery charge, saving 20.26 kg of CO2 emissions per day. First Mile CEO Bruce Bratley said: “Our customers love the new bikes and the fact that they are so small and easy to operate means we have better access to areas where recycling collections have historically struggled, such as back streets and mews.”