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Many a mickle makes a muckle…

George Washington was fond of the saying, "many a mickle makes a muckle." I personally wouldn't know a mickle from a muckle, but the phrase means that lots of little things add up. So, if you're trying to lower a building's operating costs and improve #PropertyManagement, it's likely that there are many small things you'll need to be doing, as opposed to one large thing. For example, maybe you install a Salamander Reservoir to reduce the amount of service calls and energy costs and install energy-efficient LED lighting for the site lighting. By the end of the year, you'll be rolling in the Benjamins... or Mickles... or Muckles! inspired by: https://www.propmodo.com/incentivize-or-die-leveraging-tax-breaks-gamification-and-design-to-make-buildings-more-sustainable/ ...
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$5,000,000,000.00

A few months ago, it was announced that there would be a $5 Billion funding plan to provide electric car charging stations. The thought is to make adoption of energy-efficient vehicles more appealing by reducing fears of running out of charge on a trip (also called 'range anxiety'). This will put a dent in the big picture, but consider Salamander Reservoirs as small, incremental changes that add up to be significant bites over time... unless, of course, you got a cool $5-Billion around... #littlechangesbigresults #propertymanagement #irem #boma ...
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Happy Salamander Saturday!

Salamander Saturday is taking place on Saturday, May 7. This initiative was started by the Foundation for Salamander Conservation (FCSal) to raise awareness about salamanders, their habitats, and their role in the ecosystem. We encourage organizations around the world to hold an event on this day and to share their events with FCSal through social media using #SalamanderSaturday, thereby promoting global unity in the effort to protect salamanders. how about protection by conservation! ...
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Wednesday Wisdom Worth Repeating

"Whatever anybody says or does, you must assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different." -Indra Nooyi (Former CEO of PepsiCo and current board member of Amazon.com) #Wednesday #Wisdom ...
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Thoughts on IoT Implementation from #Propmodo (part 2)

"The Right facilities management solution can help protect people and assets, turning buildings into sources of rich data that can be shared with stakeholders and tenants to be able both to make better and safer decisions. Sounds a lot like protection-by-connection to us! Salamander Reservoirs are a great piece of this solution to protect assets and occupants! full article @ propmodo.com/commercial-property-managers-guide-to-iot-implementation ...
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Thoughts on IoT Implementation from #Propmodo (part 1)

Every #PropertyManager knows that implementation must benefit all parties. Embrace IoT technologies that offer Benefits for the Tenants "Tenants want to know their environments are healthy and low-risk. [...] Combining IoT sensors with a data-driven approach is incredibly powerful, enabling building owners and managers to measure, verify and communicate the health of their buildings to Tenants. Benefit for the Facility "Building tech adds value through reduced operating costs, increased asset value and brand recognition" full article @ propmodo.com/commercial-property-managers-guide-to-iot-implementation ...
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How Connected Are You?

How many connected devices do you interact with daily? Please include computers, tablets, smart phones, web cameras, network printers, connected thermostats, smart watches, appliances and the like. I think you'll be surprised - I know we were! 0-5 6-10 11-15 16+ #GetConnected #IoT #TooSmart ...
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New Tech or Not: That is the question…

an interesting take on adoption in commercial real estate technology adoption. While the original article focuses on Commercial Real Estate Brokers, consider it through the Commercial Property Management lens as follows: There are a lot of things that Property Managers know that they need to do ... so they don't have much free time to work on their tech stack. Tech adoption shouldn't be onerous for Property Managers. It shouldn't get in the way of business as usual... Instead, it should be seen as an augment to their output, the kind of thing that amplifies a ... team's reach and/or effectiveness. Only then will we see mass tech adoption in Property Managers. Maybe then we can finally stop hearing about how they need to be better at adapting technology from the people trying to sell them technology solutions.   That's is what the IoT and the Salamander Reservoir is all about: a non-onerous solution to augment output and amplify a team's reach. Isn't it time you do that for your people, your team, your buildings, your occupants and your budget? Original Article Excerpt from #Propmodo "The reason that brokers have not adopted tech isn’t because they are dumb. There are a lot of things that brokers know that they need to do to make money and so they don’t have much free time to work on their tech stack. Tech adoption shouldn’t be onerous for brokers. It shouldn’t get in the way of business as usual, because business as usual has ...
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Things that are green…

Things that are Green... St. Patrick's Day Four Leaf Clovers Salamander Reservoirs The Salamander Reservoir Salamander The energy savings from using Salamander Reservoirs #happyStPatricksDay #gogreen! ...
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Penn State LaunchBox

The team at JTJ Tech has participated in a unique program offered by #PennState called #LaunchBox which is designed to help #LehighValley #Startup companies... if you have an idea for a company or service that you want to pursue, please consider LaunchBox! They offer 7 entrepreneurial programs and dozens of resources that are available free to all PA residents or businesses. Locally, they connect Lehigh Valley entrepreneurs to the support, resources, and facilities they need to build a sustainable and scalable business with a viable plan for growth. LaunchBox offers no-cost services, helping entrepreneurs avoid the common mistakes startups often face and enable you to focus your time on growing your business! In the words of Steve Jobs, "Ideas without action aren't ideas. They're regrets." Don't regret missing this opportunity, connect with Lehigh Valley LaunchBox at: https://lehighvalley.launchbox.psu.edu https://www.linkedin.com/in/lvlaunchbox/ ...
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Happy Fasnacht Day!

Based in the #LehighValley, #Pennsylvania, we have grown up with #FasnachtDay... Did you know that Fasnacht is a fried doughnut of German origin served traditionally in the days of Carnival and Fastnacht or on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent starts. Fasnachts were made as a way to empty the pantry of lard, sugar, fat, and butter, which were traditionally fasted from during Lent. Happy Eating!! source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fastnacht_(Pennsylvania_Dutch) ...
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Sprinkler Monitoring 2.0: More than Just Tamper and Flow (from MARE)

The following was published in the Property Management section of the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal in October, 2020.  Sprinkler Monitoring 2.0: More than just Tamper and Flow by Jonathan Epstein, CCIM, JTJ Tech, LLC Life safety fire sprinkler systems have been used for decades and are adapted to various building types geographies. Of all the fire sprinkler types, the majority are wet systems which are piped systems filled with pressurized water. The next most common type are dry fire sprinkler systems. These are designed for areas unsuitable for water-filled systems because they are prone to pipe freeze in areas like parking garages, loading docks, and refrigerated areas. Pipes in these freeze-prone locations are filled with pressurized air or nitrogen. Dry systems still rely on water to extinguish a fire, so the wet portion of a dry system is housed in a different (heated) area where a device called a dry pipe valve separates the pressurized water from the pressurized air. In the event of a dry sprinkler head discharge, the clapper inside the dry pipe valve releases and water pushes air out of the system before the making its way to the opened head. Buildings with fire sprinkler systems are required by code to be inspected regularly and monitored for water flow in wet systems and air pressure in dry systems. Both wet and dry systems require “tamper monitoring” of the control valves. These alerts are relayed to building owners and local fire departments via a system dialer. Flow ...
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