About Outdoor Fire Detectors

fcam3Conventional fire detection systems such as smoke detectors can reliably work in confined spaces.

Indoors, smoke detectors can detect smoke, heat or flame without much troubles.

On the other hand, reliable fire detection for the outdoors had been a problem in the past. There had not been any means to detect fires say in forests, parks or large commercial spaces, unless such locations had been overseen by people in person

With the advent of outdoor fire detectors, this however is changing. Modern outdoor fire detectors systems can now detect fires also in such locations where it was impossible just several years ago.

What are outdoor fire detectors?

An outdoor fire detector such as a digital fire camera works entirely different as compared to a smoke detector. These devices are combining CCTV camera technology with advanced software. They are detecting fires by constantly monitoring and analysing a video feet in real time.

What are the advantages of outdoor fire detectors?

Unlike smoke detectors and other fire detection systems, a fire camera does not need to be in the immediate vicinity of a potential fire. They can monitor outdoor locations remotely from a distance. Modern fire cameras have a range of several hundred of metres. In addition to that, a fire camera can also monitor a much wider space and they are able to detect multiple fires should they occur.

Where can outdoor fire detectors be used?

Outdoor fire detection systems are in particular well suited for outdoor locations, which may include industrial complexes, large structures and buildings, forests, beaches, shopping malls, sports stadiums and many more. But most fire cameras can also reliably work in the indoors.

How difficult is it to install a fire camera?

It is easy to integrate a modern fire camera in any existing CCTV system. Conventional surveillance cameras can simply be replaced by a fire camera. The fire camera can then not only reliably detect fires, but it can also work as a normal CCTV camera.

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What Is Electronic Invoicing?

electronic-einvoiceThe invoicing process is often one of the most tedious and time-consuming things for small business owners, freelancers and other professionals.

Hours can sometimes be wasted by needing to write down working hours, hourly rates and related things in particular when invoicing needs to be done often and repeatedly.

Electronic invoicing can help any type of business, regardless of its size but also individual professionals to get their invoicing done faster and much more effective.

What Is Electronic Invoicing?

Just like emails, electronic invoicing is using the internet. Invoices are instantly sent and received, without any delay.

But what’s even more important is that electronic invoices don’t make use of any paper work. The entire process, including the creation of invoices and their organisation is digital. You can, for instance, do your invoices from your smart phone using an app and then send them right away.

On the receiving end, invoices are automatically received and processed. In other words, you can send an invoice to your supplier and have it fully paid without anyone having to do anything, the entire process is automated.

Last but not least, seeing that electronic invoicing is entirely digital and doesn’t require tedious manual writing or transferring of invoices into a PC, it means that there is a much slimmer chance for errors.

For businesses and individual professionals, electronic invoicing can safe them lots of time and money.

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The Singing Waiters: Amazing Flash Mob Proposal ‘Just Like In A Movie’

(Video courtesy The Secret Singers, the UK’s #1 Surprise Entertainment Act)

Do you remember the great scene from the movie ‘Love Actually’? Here’s the UK’s Secret Singer’s recreation of this amazing moment! What’s so cool about it is that the Singing Waiters can do those and other great wedding proposal flash mobs for anyone. Now you can do a wedding proposal really like those in the movies!

PS: You can also catch more episodes of ‘The Proposers’ on LifeTime TV (Sky 156 – Virgin 242).

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German Exports Strong, Beating Forecast in April

Europe’s largest economy, Germany is off to a strong start this second quarter. While the United Kingdom is still struggling to boost its export numbers, German exports and industrial output increased more than expected.

German exports went up by 1.9% according to new numbers from the Federal Statistics Office published at the beginning of this week.

While economists predicted German imports to rise by 0.5%, this number instead dropped by 1.3%, adding to the country’s trade surplus.

ING economist Carsten Brzeski to the press: “This morning’s data shows that the economy has left its industrial hibernation behind”. According to him, the newly released numbers are indicating a good start into the second quarter.

Meanwhile, analysts in the United Kingdom are urging that the UK is stepping up its exports. The British government wants to double exports by 2020, yet it’s uncertain whether this goal can be achieved. For instance, exports from the UK to China had been at $16 billion in 2014 while those from Germany had been at $82 billion. This is the more troubling seeing that the United Kingdom has a very rich trading history. Industry analysts agree that stepping up the U.K.’s exports, especially to emerging markets in Asia would be crucial for a better economy in the UK.

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Some of the U.K.’s Biggest Companies Want to Promote Energy Savings

With the cost of energy in the UK rising steeply and no signs on the horizon that this will stop anytime soon, saving energy has become a priority for many.

What’s worse, according to a recent UK study, more than 60% of those surveyed stated they believe there is nothing they can do to combat the rising energy costs.

It is this uncertainty and unease over energy bills that led to a new partnership of leading UK businesses that are now  wanting to promote a culture of energy efficiency and cost savings.

According to those companies, one priority must be how the issue of energy savings is communicated to the general public. Households in the United Kingdom must become aware of the fact that the can indeed control a large portion of the energy use.

Some of the largest British names in retailing other types of businesses such as Homebase, B&Q but also groups such as the National Trust and the Energy Saving Trust have joined the coalition named as Big Energy Vision.

The idea behind the coalition is that the combined, new case power of several large businesses and charities in the nation can make it easier to help Britons save money on their energy bills.

One goal of Big Energy Vision is to highlight practical actions that anyone can do when they want to take over control over their energy costs.