Articles tagged with: East Tennessee

Getting through these last six weeks of Winter

on Wednesday, 04 February 2015.

Yes, six more weeks of winter!

This past Monday, February 2 was Groundhog Day. Our furry little friend saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter for us. Now as we all know living in East Tennessee our weather changes almost every minute. Sunshine to snow/rain and back to sunshine; East Tennesee weather can be very unpredictable. Well at iSS we thought we would take a moment to gather some great tips to get us all through these last six weeks of Winter. Our first tip(s) to get us through are some that we have discussed before, but are great reminders to any homeowner.

With tempatures changing, you never know when we could get a record low. It is as important as ever to prevent your home from frozen pipes. When water freezes in pipes, it expands causing the pipe to burst. Then you have a major situation on your hands as the water thaws and flows freely into your home. So we have come up with 5 quick tips to help prevent frozen pipes.

  1. Check where your pipes are. You want to make sure they are not exposed to cold air and if they are, they need to be insulated. Pipe sleeves provide much needed insulation for pipes in drafty areas.
  2. Leave a steady stream of water dripping in a kitchen or bathroom sink. It does not have to be a ton of water, but just enough to keep things moving. The cost of leaving a sink dripping is far less than the mess of a flooded house.
  3. Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm inside air to circulate around pipes. Keep garage doors closed to ensure pipes are not exposed to freezing temperatures.
  4. Do not drastically adjust your thermostat throughout the day and night. By maintaining a steady temperature, you reduce your chances of a frozen pipe.
  5. Know where your water cut off valves are located. If you do not have one inside your home, then make sure you know where the water main is outside. If you have a leak, your No. 1 priority is shutting off the water.

Check back in for the next tips that will get us through these last weeks of Winter!

Video Walls

on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Posted in Knoxville Digital Signage

A lot of businesses these days are beginning to discover the many uses of digital display technology. A video wall is a great way to get a particular message across - whether for advertising, selling or information display – chances are you want a solution that does a lot of the foot work for you. These high impact displays can certainly pack a visual punch, but equally, they serve as an effective business tool, and can strengthen a range of operations within your business.

Some key benefits that a video wall could bring to your organization are:

  • Effective communications- Integrated with digital signage software, a video wall can display real-time data from any data source to create targeted, engaging messages. Turning video walls into effective communication in reception areas, conference rooms and public spaces.
  • Streamlined operations- Video walls can automate many customer service operations, with the capability to display any manner of information- from arrival/departure times in transport applications, to advertising goods and services in retail environments. Simply connect to your internal systems and let the technology do the rest.
  • Situation Management- Video walls can unify feeds from multiple sources to allow security personnel to capture potential security breaches quickly and efficiently. A video wall can also raise situational awareness, and ensures that everyone is aware of what is happening and how to react.
  • Interactivity- Many video walls can easily be transformed into a multi-touch surface to deliver a unique interactive experience. Let your staff, customers and visitors engage with information like never before. They can stop and actively engage with the information source and find out exactly what they need to know. This presents a wide range of possibilities for creating customer communication solutions that are highly effective and diverse, allowing you to tailor the technology directly to the needs of your business.
  • Entertaining and Captivating- Not only does the interactive nature help to hold attention, but the streaming video or other digital effects of these types of displays can grab the eye of even the most distracted passerby. Video walls engage people, and they are often used solely for their entertainment value to brighten up the atmosphere of an otherwise dull area and keep people interested.

Perhaps you have been thinking of some ways you could bring a new atmosphere to your business using digital display technology, but are still on the fence. Let us make your decision making easier, and help you with offering better life solutions. We can provide you with the tools you need to get your message across.

Football Time in Tennessee!

on Monday, 25 August 2014. Posted in Knoxville Outdoor Technology

VOLS first game of the season is just a few days away, and I am sure quite a few of y’all are already getting everything ready to throw a great tailgating party. So we want to help you in making the first kick-off of this season one to remember, and we have an awesome list of techy gadgets to make that happen.

The game is definitely number one when it comes to tailgating. The Hitch-N-View and the TailGater go hand in hand to create a great tailgating atmosphere. The Hitch-N-View is a TV stand that mounts onto your trailer hitch; and the TailGater is a portable antenna and receiver from DISH Network that can go anywhere. Not only watch one game, but catch up on all the games going on that day! Don’t be surprised if your tailgating set-up becomes the most popular one.

Now the Hitch-N-View and Tailgater is great and all, but you may just want to listen to the game or blast some tunes for your party. The best outdoor portable speaker would be the Melody by Soundcast. It is a one of their smaller speakers and can stream via Bluetooth. The Melody has a weather resistant design, and can produce an incredible 360 degree sound wherever it is sitting.

Lastly, good food and thirst quenching beverages also goes into creating a great atmosphere for your tailgating party. A couple cool gadgets that caught our eye for helping you maintain the goods are the iGrill and RC Cooler.

The iGrill is a blue-tooth enabled thermometer that pairs with your Apple or Android device allowing you to walk up to 200ft from the grill. So you can mingle and enjoy the banter of everything without worrying if the meat is getting burnt. The RC Cooler is a remote controlled cooler that keeps up to 12 beverages cold and always within reach for everyone. So no more walking over constantly to the community cooler, have the cooler come to you!

A great tailgating party would not be a party without some amazing friends and family. Ask them to bring a chair, a potluck dish, and get their game day face on! Oh, don’t forget the cornhole boards. It is always nice to have some activities to do when tailgating. Hope these gadgets help in creating a great football season for you. As always if you ever need any help or suggestions we are just a call away.  GO VOLS!!!

Summer Safety Tips

on Monday, 23 June 2014.

We have always heard the saying, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” Well it is actually both, and since this past Saturday, June 21st was the day that Summer truly began- here at iSS we just want to take a moment to talk about some safety tips to beat the heat this year.

First safety tip is to think about you. Sometimes the best and simplest tip if it is too hot outside is to stay cool inside. Spending time in an air conditioned space for a couple of  hours can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Just remember electric fans do not cool, they just blow hot air around. If you are going to be outside, remember to dress for the heat. Wear loose-fitting, light-weight, light colored clothing can reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain body temperature.

Always wear sunscreen and try to protect your face  and head by wearing a hat. Also, drink for the heat and not drink in the heat. I know the BBQ’s and pool parties are going on during this time of the year, but by drinking plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty can help your body retain some of your body fluids. By drinking in the heat, alcohol and caffeinated beverages can further dehydrate the body. Lastly, the best times for outdoor activities are during the early morning and late evening hours.

Second safety tip is to think about others. Of course this is a no-brainer, but please do not leave children in a closed vehicle even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach up to 190 degrees! When outdoors, protect children as much as possible from the sun. Their skin is more sensitive than ours. Also, protect your pets from the heat. It ‘feels’ as hot for them as it does for you. Be sure your animals have access to shade a few bowls of ice cold water.

Third safety tip is to think about your environment. Protecting windows by hanging shades, awnings, draperies, etc. that receives morning or afternoon sun can reduce heat entering the house by as much as 80%. Also try to keep lights off and the air conditioning to one cool temperature. This helps to not constantly turn the A/C unit up and down or completely off causing it to freeze up on you.

A fourth tip is to think specifically about pool safety. It is hot and you want to cool down, what better way to do that in a big pool. To protect yourself and others always apply sunscreen every time you get out of the water and wait at least fifteen minutes before going back into the water. This ensures you will not have a horrible sun burn and constantly apply that aloe. Also, to make sure no one is not supposed to be near the pool, confirm that your fencing is secured tightly and water alarms are ready to go off if a child or even a pet my get into the pool without your awareness. Be sure to never have glass or children running around the pool.

The final tip for some summer safety is fire awareness. This year in East Tennessee we are down about six inches of rain, making us more acceptable to dryness and fires starting. If you are planning to do fireworks this year or having those late night bonfires be sure to keep water accessible to quickly put a fire out. Especially using fireworks, please supervise children so they do not burn themselves or start a fire. Furthermore, make sure children are a safe distance away from the bonfire and not playing with the fire. We all know how curious children can be!

Hope these simple safety tips remind everyone to be safe but have some good fun this summer!

 

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