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Why access control for mobile device storage could be your best friend.

Educational institutions have a long list of priorities to manage with Security near the top. Security requirements cover people and premises as well as data and not forgetting resources. When it comes to security for both site and students, Schools, colleges and Universities have a range of access control solutions at their disposal, using a comprehensive range of readers, controllers and software systems.

The management and control needs of educational establishments are such that they are increasingly using sophisticated database systems to capture and analyse a broad range of information – including, for example, attendance records and academic performance. Information systems such as these form an integral part of timetable planning and the development and review of the curriculum, as well as providing a link to budgetary and financial management packages.  The information allows school managers to review, analyse and report on a wide range of data for staff and pupils.

In addition to these operational management and financial analysis requirements, schools are increasingly reviewing their access control needs and looking to integrate and, where appropriate rationalise, their often disparate systems – either by introducing new modules into an existing system, or by consolidating previously standalone processes and procedures.

With this complexity comes a requirement for a specific expertise in the integration of access control solutions with proprietary management information systems.

The ideal is one solution that will streamline access control, time and attendance, student accounts as well as monitoring and managing access to resources. And all this whilst maintaining a high level of security, throughout an institution.

Each school features its own set of ever-changing idiosyncrasies and unique challenges requiring flexible system architectures to satisfy each site’s demands.  With administration departments constantly seeking other creative ways to leverage current infrastructures, the academic services industry serve their identification needs by providing unique solutions to help educational institutions secure facilities and improve administrative efficiency to aid in academic excellence. With educational institutions worldwide seeing a significant influx of mobile devices for access by staff, pupils and visitors the administrative burden of managing a significant estate of mobile devices can be further complicated by various means of access. This is often compounded by the fact that these device estates have been added to over a matter of years.

Colleges and universities present unique security challenges; not only does it mean controlling physical access to buildings and events but also includes logical access to resources, at the same time trying to control operational costs and serving the diverse needs of a campus community.

Managed access to educational resources, reducing administrative complexity.

With many establishments looking to industry to help support them administer managed access to resources, this is when access control can improve managed access to educational resources and reduce administrative complexity.

In a college with several different faculties or a secondary school with several different subject departments managing access to mobile devices for each department can be an administrative burden. Whether this is existing device storage solutions or incorporating new solutions into an existing access control system, administration departments expect usage and access data and provision for remotely revised access.

With the increasing security threats among educational institutions coupled with diminishing budgets and intense pressure to cut costs across all levels and departments. Colleges and universities, as well as schools and academies, must contemplate how to keep their sites, pupils and resources safe without breaking the bank. All of which can be easily achieved with the use of brand agnostic hardware, easily integrated into existing management information systems providing security and usage information data whilst offering easy to use access control management.

Loxit launches it's PortableAV Flight Case bundles

Loxit recognises the role Portable AV solutions has in today’s world, the flexibility portable solutions offers address many issues facing the audio-visual market. The latest addition to our range are Flight cases for two of our most popular Mobile LFD mount solutions, with the mounts secured firmly inside the flight case themselves you can leave the displays on the trolley safe in the knowledge that the flight case will protect the whole solution when in transit between venues and at the same time reduce setup time to just minutes by just one person rather than hours with two people.

Flight cases provide on the road protection for your valuable equipment. Our flight cases are tough, rugged and built to last. Designed using the latest CAD technology and manufactured using high quality materials, ensuring the safe transportation and storage of delicate items.

Bespoke flight cases can be designed and custom built to your exact specification. A range of features such as doors and hatches, lift out trays and pull out drawers, rack mount fittings, castors are available

Hi-Lo® 500 Flip Top™ Display Mount & Flight case 55” Bundle.


Hi-Lo® 500 Flip Top™ – 8515

Portable, height adjustable screen mount which allows screens up to 55 inches or 60kg to be mounted in a variety of positions, with an electrical height adjustment of 500mm and an electrical tilt operation of 90 degrees from table top to vertical.

Flight Case 1381 x 851 x 885

9mm Hexaboard, Lined with Carpet, recessed butterfly Catches & handles 4 x 4” castors ( 2 with brakes )


8521 – Hi-Lo® 500 Flip Top™ Display Lift Base Cover

PLEASE NOTE: The trolley will be mounted into the flight case with the casters supplied separately.

Hi-Lo® Mobile 2×2 Video Wall up to 47” Flight case Bundle

8750 – Hi-Lo® Mobile 2×2 Video Wall Fixed Height

8760 – Hi-Lo® Mobile 2×2 Video Wall Electric Height adjustable

Bundle includes 2 trolleys with brackets to bind together along with extra-long plasma hanging brackets

Hi-Lo® Mobile 2×2 Video Wall Flight Case x 2 – 1250 x 820 x 1625 W x D x H

9mm Hexaboard – Lined with Carpet – Recessed butterfly catches & handles – 4x 4” castors ( 2 with brakes )


8771 – Hi-Lo® Screenlift Multi-Mount Peripheral Box

8770 – Hi-Lo® Screenlift Multi-Mount Modesty Base (x2)

PLEASE NOTE: The trolleys will be mounted into the flight case with the casters supplied separately

Buyers Guide to Laptop Trolleys – Simple tips to help you make an educated decision

There are an excess of Laptop trolleys available on the market, with a plethora of different designs and price tags. Which one is right for your requirements? Here are some simple tips to help you avoid the pitfalls of buying the wrong Laptop Trolley.

Size matters

Ensure there is plenty of room.

Shelf height should be minimum 25mm more than the thickness of your laptop for ease of loading and unloading the trolley.

Will the device have an extended battery you’re going to be storing/charging?

This can add several centimetres to the height and depth of device.

Where does the power supply/LAN socket plug in to the device?

Don’t forget this could add more width to your device.

What’s the total weight of your devices you’re going to be storing/charging?

The average laptop weighs around 2.5kg. When you are storing 32 this makes for a heavy load to push. Consider who is using the laptop trolley, or purchase 2 smaller trolleys to reduce load and increase flexibility.

How many devices are you going to be storing/charging?

The average class size in UK education for example is 32 pupils and the majority of laptop storage units hold either 16 or 32 devices (Other configurations are available of course) Data and Other

Will you need to use the storage/charging unit for additional peripherals?

You may wish to consider using the laptop trolley to hold additional peripherals like a wireless printer. With this in mind you will need to ensure the unit has additional power sockets available.


What if I lose my keys?

Will they be traceable and if they are, how much will it cost for a duplicte set?

Consider if you may need to change or replace laptops in the future.

Chances are the model you are using now will have been upgraded or you may use another manufacturer when you purchase new laptops. If a single laptop is damaged and needs replacing, will a different make/model still work in your trolley? Can I charge an iPad next to a netbook next to a laptop in the same trolley? Investigate the costs and complexity of swapping out laptops in the future.

What is the battery life of the devices you’re going to be storing/charging?

Remember batteries lose as much as 50% of their capacity in the 1st 12 months. If you need to remove the power supplies from the trolley, this needs to be a simple process which can be done by a member of staff, not an Engineer.

Do you require networking in your trolley?

Networking your trolley enables the transfer of data directly to the devices without the practicalities of having to remove every device from the trolley. This will save significant amounts of time by uploading or downloading data simultaneously for all your shared devices without removing them and turning on the devices. Networked ready trolleys have all the necessary cabling in place for you to manually install your aftermarket network switch.

Where on the network will you be plugging the storage/charging unit into?

To ensure efficient data transfer where on the physical network you plug your trolley into will be critical, as a guide the most efficient way is to patch the trolley into the same switch as your server.

Can the room electrics handle the power requirement?

If you intend to charge large numbers of devices, the power they need can trip electrics in the room. This is especially important in older buildings but still relevant in new buildings. Look into soft start devices to spread the charging load. 

Where are you going to be plugging the product into?

Some products have more than one mains plug and therefore a double socket will be needed.

Will the storage unit need to go between buildings?

Consider the overall weight and how easy the trolley is to push. Whether it’s having good handles and large diameter easy glide wheels, durability will be extremely important as the unit is used over time.

Will your insurance be affected by what you store your devices in?

Some insurance companies have small print when insuring IT equipment and require a certain degree of security specifications. Check for secure docking options and overall security levels.

What if a part needs to be replaced?

Investigate the availability and costs of any parts which may need to be replaced in the future. Will an Engineer have to visit site or are they user friendly replacements?