Solar energy usage is on the rise nationwide as the technology becomes more efficient and cost effective. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy sources accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world in 2016, with solar energy expanding faster than any other fuel source to surpass the net growth in coal for the first time in history.
Convenience and security can make or break a business, especially in retail. The prevalence of online shopping has molded customers’ service expectations―eliminating the queue and ensuring that customer information is kept safe are cornerstones of the modern retail experience. Traditional point of sale (POS) systems, however, are not up to the task. Wi-Fi-enabled POS systems (that lack SIM-powered cellular connectivity) are prone to delays and errors, leading to poor consumer interactions. POS failures increase the chances of data loss and may compromise the security of customer information. Integrating cellular connectivity into a consumer’s retail experience sets the stage for a secure transaction, increases the speed of the transaction, and creates an overall smoother shopping experience for the consumer.
In March 2017, Artnet reported on The European Fine Art Fair’s (TEFAF) annual assessment of the global art market. TEFAF found that for all of 2016, the global art market generated around $45 billion in revenue. Of this $45 billion, the FBI estimates that nearly $4 to $5 billion in art and artifacts are stolen each year before being sold on the black market. That’s a roughly 11% loss for the market. Art theft can happen almost anywhere, and thieves are bold enough to steal from galleries, auctions, and even private residences.