How IoT Is Helping Us Fight COVID-19

IoT is all about information. It provides an excellent way for information that was typically difficult to get (or even impossible) to be retrieved, processed and used to make more informed decisions. IoT allows for better traffic flow in our cities, improved quality and safety in our food systems and weather forecasters to make more accurate forecasts.
Now, IoT is used to help us fight COVID-19. Here are a few ways:

Thermometers

Digital thermometers offer a benefit to the user and possibly to health care professionals on a larger scale. By eliminating the difficulty of having to read the "red line" (which, I have to admit is harder with my ageing eyes), we can be sure that patients, parents and caregivers can read temperatures more accurately. Many of these devices come with applications that allow for historical records that can easily be shared with a doctor or nurse, often via email.

These applications can do more on a much larger scale. Similar to how Google can identify a possible cluster of colds/flu based on the searches in an area, thermometer companies would be able to locate a potential group of COVID-19 based on a spike in temperature in a particular area. It also could provide information to remote health care workers as to which isolated patients may need to care the most.

GPS Helps Keep People Quarantined

This next part has a feel of "big brother," and I cannot imagine that this being tolerated in the Western world during a regular period. However, this is not your average time.

GPS location data were used by many Asian countries to ensure that those exposed to the virus did not break their mandated quarantine. They were required to send a text message (with embedded GPS information), along with a picture of their surroundings on a scheduled (and random) basis. This strict policy is one of the reasons why countries like South Korea were able to stop the spread quickly.

Setting up communications quickly

Many of the locations that the government is using for virus testing (and for quarantines) may not have active Internet access. It makes sense, as some of the sites are abandoned factories, make-shift tents on soccer fields and even closed hotels/dorms. For these locations to function normally, a reliable (and secure) method of Internet access is a must.

Cellular gateways are the ideal method of accessing the Internet in these situations. They can be set up in minutes and provide a fast method of getting access to vital information. In some cases, sensors can be connected to these gateways to provide great real-time information. These sensors can measure the opening of a door (to know if someone is attempting to break quarantine), identifying the storage temperature where essential supplies are kept to turning off lights that are not needed (to reduce power use at a remote site. Sensors are helping provide real-time information for those who need it the most.

Factories and transportation made better

Many essential items need to be manufactured and transported as quickly as possible, ranging from masks to ventilators to eventually, large volumes of vaccines. IoT helps factories operate more efficiently and keep costs down. However, I wanted to talk about the transportation of critical items, specifically how IoT is keeping them secure and safe. The GPS based systems can alert to issues; if a truck were to go off a set path or if needed, allow the driver to alert if they are feeling threatened or unsafe. Getting the truck safely to its destination is only one part of the issue; the products need to get there in proper condition. IoT sensors can be used to ensure that the vehicle was driven in a safe manner (and without breaking key vials) and that the correct temperature/humidity range was adhered to at all times, ensuring the safety of a vaccine or medicine.

IoT is here to help. It is here to help our critical front line workers do more with less and have a better understanding of what is going on at all times. This will help us defeat the world enemy we have faced in our lives. I would love to hear from any health care agencies who are looking for assistance in how to get the most out of IoT!

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As the global work landscape changes around us, we want to provide a quick guide on solutions your business might need and the technology behind it.
Read below to see how we help those impacted by the evolving global situation.

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We have solutions to enable your company to work safely from home with a fast, reliable connection.

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Novotech offers a wide range of manufacturers who provide high-speed connectivity to networks. Encompassing 3G/4G technologies and high-speed WiFi.High-Speed Routers and Gateways

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Novotech is the number one provider of hardware and IoT Solutions to Canadian utilities and public safety.

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Novotech has the stock you need, when you need it

We realize that COVID-19 is making it hard for our partners and customers to maintain "business as usual" here in North America.

To help weather the storm and make sure you can continually provide exceptional service to your customers, Novotech is committing to the following:

 

High Levels of Inventory 

Novotech continues to hold the largest inventory in Canada of remote cellular connectivity, temporary cellular communications, mobile communications, cellular boosting, and antenna products.

With this crisis, organizations suddenly need reliable communications where landlines are not an option. For instance, temporary health care and triage centers need safe and fast cellular comms. Together we can supply hardware and services to those in need of our solutions.

 

Continually Adding Inventory

We continue to monitor the market and purchase routers, gateways, modems, antennas, and signal boosters. We intend to keep inventory high through this crisis to ensure we have the product you need when you need it.

 

A Commitment to Services

Our services department continues to operate in a healthy and responsibly manner. We continue to offer Lab provisioning (or hardware provisioning) and kitting so you can deliver deployment-ready solutions to your customers.

 

Sales Support

Our technical sales staff is working remotely, connecting with customers via video, providing the support you need to generate business.
Nobody is sure where global production capacity will be in the short term. We are committed to sourcing, stocking, and shipping the parts you need while they are still available to us.

COVID-19 Official Statement By Novotech

Novotech is closely monitoring the situation, and we want to share some details about how our team is responding and continuing to support your business.


It is during times like this that our work to keep supply chains moving becomes even more crucial. As a company that does business across many continents, we have prepared for these types of situations and have strong contingency plans and procedures in place. Our senior management team has been meeting to review the latest developments and put our plans into action. There are no current impacts on our operations, and we have equipped Novotech team members with tools to work remotely to continue to support our customers.

 

 Health and safety first.

We want to assure you that, now and always, the health and safety of our customers, communities and team members is our top priority. We are closely following the guidance and advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Centre for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and other local health agencies. We are prohibiting corporate travel to all countries per current travel advisories, and also discontinuing face to face meetings until further notice.

 

Your Distribution Partner

 At Novotech, we believe we have an important responsibility to help organizations leverage the full capabilities of the technology that we sell to keep businesses and things connected. As this situation unfolds, our customers’ and communities’ safety will be of the utmost concern, and everything we do will follow our long-standing commitment to being compassionate and inclusive of everyone.

Please feel free to reach out to  any of your sales team directly at the numbers below:

USA sales inquiries:

Anthony Ciliberto: 613-402-0200

Anthony.Ciliberto@novotech.com

 

Corporate inquires:

Alex Aubie: 613-618-0741

Alex.Aubie@novotech.com

EMEA & APAC sales inquiries:

Daniel Lavoie: 613-402-5552

Daniel.Lavoie@novotech.com

 

Canadian sales inquiries:

Joel Granger: 613-716-3261

joel.granger@novotech.com

Novotech Recruits Sebastian Grochocki New Sales Director

Ottawa, ON.  Published  March 9, 2020

 

Sebastian brings a long track record of success in the cellular industry. With over 13 years of Direct and Channel Sales, Grochocki will be a great addition to the Novotech sales team. In his new role at Novotech, Sebastian will work closely with our Reseller Channel and vendor partners to help drive new IoT-based business sales.

"This is an important hire for our company," says Alex Aubie, Vice President of Sales and Channels at Novotech. "Sebastian brings incredible market knowledge and sales expertise to Novotech. His relationships in the industry will support our commitment to grow through knowledgeable salespeople who are focused on partner and customer satisfaction. Sebastian is someone you want on your team, and we are excited he's joined our Novotech family. He will no doubt be a valued addition." 

Sebastian says, "M2M/IoT is evolving into markets and providing creative solutions not thought to be possible ten years ago, says Grochocki. 'Novotech has always been a leader in delivering first-class M2M/IoT products and solutions. I look forward to being part of such a strong, dedicated and accomplished group."

To learn more about Sebastian, please visit his LinkedIn profile

 

About Novotech Technologies:

Through strategic partnerships with many of the world's most advanced Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturers, Novotech Technologies is a leading distributor of IoT products, services, and solutions. Established in 2001, Novotech has headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices throughout Canada and the United States. Visit us @ www.novotech.com | Follow us on Twitter @NovotechM2M

 

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Novotech is looking for an IT Administrator

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the VP of Finance & Operations, the IT Administrator is responsible for assisting in the planning, design, documentation, and implementation of various systems to include desktop PC’s, servers, network equipment, and software applications.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Providing technical support services to our clients
  • Providing technical infrastructure and network support
  • Rapidly resolving customer issues (internal / external)
  • Driving product improvements through analysis of support trends
  • Managing on a day-to-day basis issues
  • Participating in and managing the operations and implementation of network services
  • Participating in lab work on existing and new products
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  • Other duties as required

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participates in creating a positive and collaborate work environment
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SCOPE/INDEPENDENCE OF ACTION

Works under general supervision and exercises judgment within defined parameters. Manages moderately complex assignments and alters approach to accomplish results. Seeks consultation or guidance as needed.

EDUCATION/ EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • University or College degree in computer related field
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TECHNOLOGY / SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

  • Extensive experience in managing and maintaining Microsoft Windows based environments
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  • Minimum 5 years experience with desktop support including troubleshooting, deployment, management and maintenance.
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SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS REQUIRED

  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills
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  • Frequently interrupted
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