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Indy BackPack Attack Kick Off

The annual Indy BackPack Attack kicked off on June 23 here in our hometown of Indianapolis. This initiative started in 1999 as a strategic community collaboration with Central Indiana organizations and businesses. The mission of the BackPack Attack is to collect school supplies to provide children the tools they need to succeed in school. According the their Web site, “It’s reported that 88% of the families in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) system need help with basic school supplies.” Since 1999, BackPack Attack has collected more than 3 million school supplies. In 2013, this organization was able to help more than 45,000 students.

If you are in the Indy area, we encourage you to donate to this very worthy cause. You can learn more at Indy BackPack Attack, including items needed and drop off locations.

Service Leaders Make a Difference by Steve Coscia

It happened slowly. The service, which used to be terrific, was showing signs of degradation.

For me, it’s the little things that count. It’s a welcome smile, an invitation to be seated, a quick request for my beverage order and frequent visits to my table just to make sure everything was OK. The restaurant owner, who was almost always present in the past, had been absent during my last few visits.

She was a lovely woman with a pleasant disposition and boundless energy. Her entire demeanor just exuded and attitude of “welcome to my place.” It was as though “her place” was her house and she meant to show off just how comfortable and relaxed you could become by just being there. I’d say she held the bar high and encouraged those around her to stretch their capabilities and step outside their comfort zones so that visitors to her place would feel welcome, relaxed and well-served. She demonstrated her role as a leader and in any service industry good leadership is essential. Read more at http://www.coscia.com/service-leaders-make-a-difference.

Jackson Systems’ expands product line to include technology in gas detection

Jackson Systems has expanded their product line to include technology in gas detection.  Some of the more common air quality hazards that need monitoring include carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), NO2, O2, CL2, and refrigerants.  Whether you require a fully engineered gas detection network or a more modest detection solution, we can customize a solution to meet your needs.  Gas detection can be a critical component of ensuring clean air in parking garages, mechanical rooms, computer server rooms, or in refrigerant systems. 

One common gas detection application is monitoring CO in parking garages.  These monitoring systems can activate ventilation through relays on multiple levels and at varying speeds depending on the concentration of gas measured.  Cars produce carbon monoxide (CO) as a result of incomplete combustion.  When a large number of vehicles are within an enclosed area such as a parking garage, the concentrations of CO can reach harmful levels.  Large reductions in energy and maintenance costs can be had by activating fans only when CO levels reach a certain hazardous level instead of running them all the time.

A gas detection system typically includes a main control panel, sensors, and audible/visual alarm devices that can be linked to a controller or a building automation system (BAS).   The system can be either hardwired or wireless.  Many people think that wireless mesh networking is the wave of the future.

To learn more about Jackson Systems visit www.jacksonsystems.com.

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