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New SecurityScan Award & Media Recognition

SecurityScan named among "Top 30 Technology Innovations for 2020" by SSI.

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New SecurityScan Award & Media Recognition

Recent coverage by top industry media outlets focused on the positive impact SecurityScan can have on service companies and facilities alike. Security Sales & Integration announced in December 2020 that ScanSeries, and more specifically SecurityScan and FireScan, had been selected as one of the “Top 30 Technology Innovations for 2020.”

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New ScanSeries Releases Available in November

Android and iOS users both now have access to the latest features for ScanSeries. If you have not already updated your mobile device to the latest versions, BuildingReports recommends doing so at the earliest opportunity to take advantage of new features and improved functionality. The latest versions are v1.3.93 for Android and v2.30.102 for iOS. Access the 'About' screen using the applicable menu option from the ScanSeries home screen to check your current version number.

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The Clock Is Ticking on CARES Act Tax Incentives

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law March 27th, 2020 included over $2 trillion in economic relief to help offset the impacts of COVID-19. It also included tax savings for businesses, including options for commercial and industrial facilities to take advantage of Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) investments under section 168 of the Act. According to accounting firm KBKG, Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) is defined as any improvement made by the taxpayer to an interior portion of a building that is nonresidential real property as long as that improvement is placed in service after the building was first placed in service by any taxpayer (Section 168(k)(3)).” For full details, download the PDF from the IRS.

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Leveraging Technology During Reopening for Disinfection Efforts Related to COVID-19

As businesses reopen and employees return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s now more important than ever to improve safety precautions and reduce liability by following health guidelines through the sanitization of common areas and equipment. BuildingReports' recent update to SafetyScan will allow facility management professionals to track and provide verifiable reporting on disinfection efforts.

While the virus has been shown to be predominately passed from person to person by close contact, it is possible to contract COVID-19 and other respiratory disease from an infected surface by touching the mouth, nose, or possibly eyes after contact. Some projections as to how long the virus can live on various porous and non-porous surfaces have been provided by authorities, research is still underway to provide better guidance.

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Are Nurse Call Systems Part of Your Regular Testing & Inspection Program?

The following is part of an ongoing series of thought leadership contributions from BuildIngReports' network of over 900 Service Members during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that facility management professionals and service companies, especially those with more downtime than normal, find them useful in advancing their knowledge during this time. For more information on Communications Engineering Company (CEC), visit their website.

In healthcare, technology issues and communication problems can lead to more than an inconvenience or a slight business interruption. They can lead to treatment delays, medication errors, falls, or even sentinel events (unanticipated incidents resulting in death or serious physical or psychological damage).

Sentinel events can be debilitating to patients, families, and care providers. In addition to their health and emotional impacts, the financial effects can be devastating as well. But there’s good news: Many times, they can be prevented. According to 2018 data from The Joint Commission, more than 11% of sentinel events can be connected to communication errors.

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What's New in BuildingReports & ScanSeries - May 2020 Updates

BuildingReports is pleased to announce several updates that went live this week, many of which were requested by our network of over 900 Service Members. Unlike a full ScanSeries release, the updates reflected below to the mobile application will take effect once a building has been downloaded to a mobile device. These do not require an update to a new version via your service provider's app store.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The ScanSeries update includes the addition of Disinfected Surface Device Types for helping organizations track and record sanitization efforts as part of COVID-19, and beyond.

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COVID-19 Part 2: Industry Trends & What We're Hearing from Members

This is part 2 of a 2-part series to help consolidate important information for BuildingReports & ComplianceCenter Members for easy reference. Read Part 1 here.

How BuildingReports Is Assisting the Membership Network

BuildingReports is currently working remotely to ensure business continuity and uninterrupted operations for our entire membership network (AHJ’s, Service Companies and Facilities). For our ScanSeries members (premium barcode scanning services), BuildingReports University wants to help your ITM teams and administrators stay productive and increase their working knowledge of ScanSeries and Building Reports during the COVID-19 outbreak, by providing complimentary online training, further information via these links:

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Cybersecurity: Keeping Yourself Safe During COVID-19

The following is part of an ongoing series of thought leadership contributions from BuildIngReports' network of over 900 Service Members during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that facility management professionals and service companies, especially those with more downtime than normal, find them useful in advancing their knowledge during this time. For more information on Summit Companies' portfolio of premier fire protection companies, visit their website.

As companies take measures to protect their employees and customers regarding the spread of COVID-19, cybercriminals are seizing the opportunity to use fear and heightened awareness to target unsuspecting individuals. If you haven’t already noticed, you will likely see in the coming days/weeks communication(s) from one or several of the companies you chose to do business with regarding their efforts to keep employees and consumers safe from the spread of COVID-19. But they aren’t the only ones attempting to communicate with you.

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COVID-19 Part 1: Resources, General Information and Industry Perspective

This is part 1 of a 2-part series to help consolidate important information for Service Members for easy reference. The information contained here is accurate as of April 10, 2020. Part 2 will focus on what we’re hearing from Members and AHJs regarding the challenges, processes and opportunities they are experiencing in the field and office.

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How to Handle Annual Fire Inspections

The following is part of an ongoing series of thought leadership contributions from BuildIngReports' network of over 900 Service Members during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that facility management professionals, especially those with more downtime than normal, find them useful in advancing their knowledge during this time. Thank you to Guardian Security and Bob Vezzani for the contribution!

When annual fire inspection time rolls around – or, a property receives notification that the fire department wants to see an inspection completed on demand – it can be a stressful time for managers of a commercial property. To address this, here are some recommendations for businesses of all sizes.

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