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Drones do Damage Control

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New York City is no stranger to hurricane disasters. Five years on, much of the City, its residents, and its businesses are still recovering from the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, experts rely on new technology to help rebuild: drones. Here’s how drones expedite recovery efforts, and a list of technology companies affiliated with Workville NYC’s co-working space that can also help.

drone flying in stormy gray sky as example of technology that can make a difference. Workville's NYC coworking space also has technology companies making a difference.

The FAA restricts airspace during natural disasters; drones are an exception to that rule. The FAA authorized 43 organizations in Houston to operate drones, including the following: oil and gas companies, insurance companies, media organizations, railroad, and first responders.

Drones capture a live feed so hazardous damage like collapsed infrastructure or oil and gas leaks can be analyzed from a safe distance, and experts can coordinate a response before ever entering an area. Also, for the first time ever, insurance companies are depending on live drone feeds to properly assess and handle insurance claims.

Last year, the FAA rolled out regulations for drones: drones can’t weigh more than 55 pounds, must stay 400 feet in the air, and cannot fly over densely populated areas. So this is the first time the rules and regulations have really been put to the test. Test passed. Drones are proving instrumental in speeding up recovery efforts.

Gold Sachs bar graph of drone sales projections over 8 years. Technology in NYC coworking spaces is on the rise.

 

Here at Workville, we are awed by the importance of technology in recovery efforts. Below are the companies affiliated with our NYC coworking space that are also  helpful resources:

  1. Telport Ninja – Document your home by filming a virtual tour before the storm hits, in case you need to submit an insurance claim after the storm. (Here’s an example of a virtual tour in our NYC coworking space. It’s a very detailed video experience.)
  2. Rapid SOS – Transformative technology, including wearables, can connect you to first responders and provide helpful direct data links from IoT and connected devices.
  3. Nuzzle – This is a waterproof GPS collar for your pet; the pet’s location is tracked through an app on your phone. Veterinary history can also be synced with the app, which is important for pets that are temporarily in shelters and foster care.
  4. Last but not least, while this is not affiliated with our midtown Manhattan office, we think it’s very important to know. Click here for the official FTC Hurricane guide.  

To learn more about the innovative work happening at Workville, contact us directly or click here for a tour

Travel to Bali

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Seems like Bali is the place to be these days. In our coworking space everyone’s Instagram reads like an ad for Bali’s exotic landscape and beaches.

Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its offshore setting and sunset backdrops. It has an ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop of trees. This is one of the images frequently seen on Instagram feeds in our coworking space. Read more at: http://www.bali-indonesia.com/magazine/tanah-lot.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001

Here’s the tough question though, is the destination worth the travel time? Departing from our midtown Manhattan coworking office, total travel time is around 30 hours! Flights aren’t direct, the best option is a layover in Hong Kong.

An article published earlier this year in Forbes convinced us that YES, those 30 hours are worth the time. Described as experiential and luxurious, 2017 was the first year Forbes Travel Star Awards listed Bali. Tourists describe the experience as “authentic luxury”.

Turquoise map showing where Bali is and the popular travel spots in Indonesia. We are showing the image of the map to help plan our trip from our coworking space.

Hospitality is inherent to the Balinese culture: “[an] ability to read guests, think ahead and anticipate their needs.” Service is gracious, thoughtful, and personalized. Rather than “…just watch[ing] a ceremony, you are welcome to join in…Don’t be surprised if your waiter invites you home to enjoy a family meal or if a driver takes you to his temple ceremony. Openness and sharing is a key part of their culture.”

So, while we love our coworking space in NYC, we are now completely sold on this Bali trend as well. We love the idea of Bali’s open, sharing, hospitality driven culture. Since our team takes pride in creating a professional, friendly, and inspiring environment, we’re thinking the trip can classify as market research. 😉 Now, we just have to look into that airfare…

To learn more about how Workville offers a unique, personal experience in our NYC coworking space contact info@workvillenyc.com and sign-up for a tour!

 

Penn Station Repairs Halfway Finished

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Emergency repair work on the tracks and switches at New York’s Pennsylvania Station is more than halfway finished, with 12 of the 20 planned repairs completed, according to data from Amtrak in a report published on Friday.

Of the remaining eight repairs, four are in progress. And all are scheduled to be completed by September 4th, Labor Day.

For the last three weeks, many commuters from Long Island, New Jersey, and elsewhere who commute to Penn Station have been forced to use buses, ferries, and other trains, sometimes all three, to make their way into Manhattan. For some, it’s a joy to ride a boat across the Hudson river. For others, what was originally a calm, 45-minute commute, has become a two-hour journey involving up to four transfers.

But the emergency repair work is coming along and should be completed on schedule.

Many of our member companies here at Workville commute to their office space via Penn Station. Workville’s midtown office location is ideal for commuters. Workville is just blocks from Penn Station, Times Square, Port Authority, as well as 16 MTA train lines. Workville is quite literally in the center of it all!

 

If you’re looking for a convenient office space in NYC, or a coworking space in Midtown, schedule a visit to see what Workville is all about.

As Uber Stumbles, Lyft Keeps Calm and Carries On

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As reported in The New York Times, Uber’s CEO recently resigned under pressure from investors after a string of setbacks. As Uber regroups and rethinks its leadership, what does this mean for its competitor Lyft?

“For a while, people kept saying, ‘Oh, they’re the nice guys, they’re not going to build the right business because there’s someone that’s more aggressive,’” John Zimmer, Lyft’s president, said in a recent NYT article.

Founded in 2012, Lyft built itself around the idea that customers didn’t want just a cheap ride, they wanted a wholesome experience, with “a whiff of virture,” reports the NYT. “The fact that values matter and ethics matter does not surprise me,” Zimmer said. “To me, that’s obvious.”

The company says it arranged more than 70 million rides in the first quarter of this year, 142 percent more than the same period a year earlier. In April, the company closed a $600 million fund-raising round, and it has since formed major partnerships with companies like Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo.

As this shakeup at Uber plays out, we’ll see how the two rival transportation tech companies fare in an increasingly competitive market. At a surface level, in business and investment, one may argue that “nice guys finish last.”

But perhaps that’s not the case here.

Do you use Lyft? Have you ever not used Uber because of scandals or leadership statements?

At Workville, one of numerous coworking spaces in New York City, we aim to differentiate ourselves in many ways, including a personal touch from our staff to our members, helping them with whatever they may need: introductions, internships, investment… We’re here for our members. We pride ourselves on our hospitality, and genuinely care about you and your business.

Our midtown coworking space is only as successful as the companies we host – that’s the truth.

If you’d like to come see for yourself, schedule a visit.

Frictionless Hotels: Enabling the Omni-Experience – The Future of Hotel Tech

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According to Hospitality Technology’s 2017 Lodging Technology Study, titled “Frictionless Hotels: Enabling the Omni-Experience,” hotels are spending as much as 6 percent of total revenue on technology. The study also reported that 57% of hotels planned to spend more on technology this year than they did in 2016, while 42% planned to spend about the same and just 2% said they would decrease their IT spending.

 This is great news for companies like Intelity Corporation, which creates technology products for hotels, including companies like the Four Seasons, Loews, Conrad and Pacific Hospitality Group.

Marriott was among the early technology adopters, having introduced an app in early 2012 that offered the ability to book a hotel room. Since then, the company has added features that allow guests to use the app to check in and check out; receive an alert when a room is ready; make requests of the hotel staff; and, in at least 500 locations, to unlock a room.

According to Bjorn Hanson, a professor of hospitality and tourism at the Tisch Center of New York University, Hotel occupancy rates in the United States are at 65.5 percent, the highest since 1984.

And this is all in competition with companies like Airbnb. It’s with tech that hotels can compete, and hospitality companies are focusing on tech in five key areas: Energy Efficiency, Smart Screens, Social Media Influence, Location-Based Services, and Mobile Function. It’s not all about the guest or customer. Smart thermostats can conserve energy and water recycling for laundry can save a business hundreds of thousands of dollars in utilities and energy bills.

Technologies and connectivity, eg. smart phones, have completely disrupted many industries over the last few years and it seems now hospitality is next.

If you’re working on a hospitality tech, please let us know! Here at Workville, we pride ourselves on our community of startups and are always looking to help companies find the coworking space in NYC they need to grow their business.

Book a tour today and see why hundreds of startups choose Workville NYC as their office space in Manhattan.

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