Today, "mobile computing" is a more portable proposition. Laptop computers, net books and tablets are all used as teaching aids and, in some cases, need to be ready for every student in every class period every school day.
So, how does a school keep 30 portable computers, ready to go, without creating a spider web of power cords and leaving devices vulnerable to theft? Think tablet cart.
The concept isn't new. Build a wheeled cabinet with a bunch of slots or drawers for computers, hook the computer chargers into some power strips on the back, then plug it in and roll it around.
Systems, has taken the concept further. The company's carts come with charging systems that avoid overcharging batteries, and include network cabling that make software updates and maintenance a simple task. That simplicity has made the carts a hot commodity, prompting JAR to add employees this year. It is also in discussions to bring its overseas manufacturing to the
These add-ons make perfect sense now. But while working for
He knew he could do better with his own company.
"People were selling these pieces of furniture for the longest time," he said. "It doesn't help you if the cart makes it around the building if the device doesn't charge."
Sixty percent of the company's manufacturing is done in
Ranging from a small, 85-pound tablet carrier to rolling cabinets that can hold an entire classroom of 17-inch laptops, the JAR carts are designed to keep school-owned, portable technology ready for use and safe from theft and damage. It's a concept that has drawn customers around the nation. Ninety percent of JAR's cabinets sell to schools, libraries and other educational institutions. The remainder are purchased by business, particularly in the health care and restaurant sectors.
The company has found some of its best sales success in
"You get what you pay for," she said of the carts that cost
"We used to have to bring all the laptops down and update them one at a time," Brooks said.
Zimmermann said a reliable charging system expands the possibilities for mobile computing in schools.
Zimmermann said the key to his company's continued success is accommodating future trends in mobile computing. JAR does its circuit board manufacturing in
The company has plans to launch a line of charging systems that can be adapted to tablet carts sold by competitors. JAR is currently in talks to bring this manufacturing and some of its cart construction to the
The company expects to hire up to five new employees this year.
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