How to Keep Your Business Cards Organized

Do you have a stack of business cards from colleagues and business partners sitting in your drawer held by a rubber band? A neat app called Abby can quickly and easily transfer them to your phone. With Abby you simply take pictures of the business cards, and the app “reads” info on the cards and places them in your phone’s address book. Abby is available in 25 languages, and you can get it for IOS or Android.

Popular European EAS and RFID Tags Now Available in North America Through New Partnership Between CONTROLTEK and Thoonsen

San Francisco, Calif., (May 17, 2018)CONTROLTEK, an emerging leader in retail product protection, has entered into an agreement with French EAS innovator Thoonsen to bring some of the most popular EAS tags in Europe to the North American market.

“Thoonsen excels in several important EAS segments, such as eyewear protection, padlock-style tags, and solutions for food & drug retailers,” said Tom Meehan, CONTROLTEK’s Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Information Security Officer. “This strategic partnership will enable our customers to have a wider selection of EAS products that have already been proven in the European and other markets, and that can address specific shrink challenges for which there are currently no ideal solutions in the U.S.”

“CONTROLTEK’s focus is to bring to our customers the best in product protection, whether the product is ours or not,” said Rod Diplock, CONTROLTEK’s CEO.  “In instances where we notice that another technology company has an exceptionally good solution, we look to partner with them for the benefit of our customers.  Through this partnership with Thoonsen, it is our customers that ultimately win, which is how we define a win for ourselves, too.”

According to Diplock and Meehan, the Thoonsen tags will be exhibited at CONTROLTEK’s booth at NRF Protect in June.  The product information and photos can be obtained on CONTROLTEK’s website.

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Walkie Talkie

Remember the old Nextel phones with their push-to-talk feature? They may be gone, but the feature is not, thanks to neat app called Zello. It’s available for IOS and Android phones, and works across different platforms, meaning if you have an Android phone and your colleagues have iPhones, you can still talk to each other using Zello. It’s great for a quick conversation between individuals or groups. Check it out!

CONTROLTEK Forms Strategic Alliance With Europe’s MTC

San Francisco, Calif., (May 17, 2018)CONTROLTEK, an emerging leader in retail product protection, has formed a strategic partnership with MTC, one of the leading independent EAS companies in Europe, to expand the reach of product protection solutions of each company.

“In the first phase of our partnership, MTC will begin offering some of CONTROLTEK’s most popular tags to the European market, most notably the FlatGuard™, the world’s first EAS tag for small leather goods,” said Tom Meehan, CONTROLTEK’s Chief Strategy Officer. “In the second phase, CONTROLTEK will make available to the North American retailers some of MTC’s latest products, including customizable RFID solutions, a standalone counting solution, a fitting room warning solution and an employee entrance check system.”

“With this new strategic partnership, we look to expand the reach of our solutions beyond our home market,” said Steve Sell, CONTROLTEK’s Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing.  “More importantly, we want to make it easier for retailers in both Europe and North America to obtain the very best in product protection, whether the solution was made by us or someone else.  In MTC we see a partner that can help us in this mission, someone that can represent us well in Europe and someone that we’ll be proud to represent in the U.S.”

The product protection solutions available in the North American market can be viewed at CONTROLTEK’s website, and the solutions for European retailers can be viewed at MTC’s website.

CONTROLTEK Recognizes Nedap as Premier Partner

San Francisco, Calif., (May 17, 2018)Nedap, the European-based manufacturer of popular iD Top and iSense RFID-Based EAS systems, has been recognized as a Premier Partner by CONTROLTEK, an emerging leader in retail product protection.

Nedap and CONTROLTEK executive teams at the recent RILA conference in Orlando. Patrick O’Leary, second from the left, and Rod Diplock, third from the right.

“Nedap has an impressive track record of innovation in both RFID and EAS space,” said Rod Diplock, CONTROLTEK’s CEO.  “Over the years we’ve built a strong partnership together, and jointly delivered thousands of EAS and RFID systems to North American retailers.  Merging Nedap’s advanced and easy-to-use technology with CONTROLTEK’s First Time Right solutions delivery program, we’ve also jointly delivered an unsurpassed level of satisfaction for our mutual customers.  In recognizing Nedap as our Premier Partner we are reaffirming our commitment to this long-term partnership and to our clients.”

“At Nedap Retail, our mission is to move markets with technologies that matter,” said Patrick O’Leary, Vice President and General Manager, Nedap Retail North America., “In CONTROLTEK we recognize a strong partner that has proven itself in deploying and supporting our technology with the highest level of quality, and are happy to be recognized as their Premier Partner.”

The two companies will jointly and separately showcase the latest in EAS and RFID at the upcoming NRF Protect conference in Dallas, from June 11 to 13.

What is the “Internet of Things” (IoT)?

When we think of the Internet, we usually think websites and how we connect to them via browsers on our computers. An easy way to think of IoT is that it consists of any device that turns on and can be connected to the internet. This can include everything from cellphones, headphones, lights, wearable devices like the Fitbit and almost anything else you can think of. IoT exists in both the commercial and consumer space. It is estimated by 2020 there will be 26 billion IOT devices out in the wild.

That’s Not You in That Video

If you receive a message on Facebook that’s says check out this video of you, don’t click on it. Messages like this have been circulating on Facebook and the web for several years now, and they are almost always malicious in nature. Even when they seem to come from a friend or family member, they can be from a hacker. Before clicking on it, ask the sender what it is, preferably by phone or text.