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“Electric scooters have invaded the world's cities. They whiz down streets and lie abandoned in the middle of sidewalks, bringing both convenience and annoyance to city-dwellers. There are now dozens of scooter-sharing companies, and the two biggest, Bird and Lime, are the fastest startups to reach a valuation of $1 billion in U.S. history. Each company is now valued at over $2 billion. Scooteristas claim it's a sign that they're revolutionizing transportation, but... really,” asks Greg Rosalsky in their recent NPR article entitled “Will Scootermania End With A Crash?

According to Rosalsky’s article, “Big Scooter argues that technology — electric motors, better batteries, GPS, and smartphones — has produced a system of shareable scooters that can solve infrastructure problems, decongest commutes, limit climate change, and make investors buckets of money. They're calling it the ‘micro mobility revolution.’ Last year, there were 38.5 million trips on shareable e-scooters in the U.S., which is more than double the year before.”

“The business model of these companies is pretty simple: flood a city with hundreds of scooters for passersby to rent. You can locate and pay for them using your smartphone, and they typically cost $1 plus 15 cents per minute. Then leave them wherever you want,” the NPR piece explains.

Later in the article, Rosalsky shares, “Scootermania isn't just about scooters. It's about this entire bubbly era of tech. Tech watchers have come to call startups worth over a billion a ‘unicorn.’ At first, it was because they were hard to find. Today, there are four times more unicorns than there were in 2013. Last year, VC funding for private companies hit a high of $131 billion, which is past the heights of the 1990s that ended in a crash in nominal terms and close to it in real ones. The percentage of companies going public — despite being unprofitable — has hit a similar peak. Uber, which remains unprofitable, became one of those companies last week.”

Rosalsky’s article left us with a burning question.

“Nuclear power plants are so big, complicated and expensive to build that more are shutting down than opening up. An Oregon company, NuScale Power, wants to change that trend by building nuclear plants that are the opposite of existing ones: smaller, simpler and cheaper,” writes Jeff Brady in their recent NPR article entitled “This Company Says The Future Of Nuclear Energy Is Smaller, Cheaper And Safer.”

According to the article, “The company says its plant design using small modular reactors also could work well with renewable energy, such as wind and solar, by providing backup electricity when the wind isn't blowing and the sun isn't shining.”

“The 98 nuclear reactors operating in the country now are large because they were designed to take advantage of economies of scale. Many are at risk of closing in the next decade, largely because they can't compete with less expensive natural gas and renewable energy,” Brady continues.

“To respond to this dilemma, ‘we've developed economies of small,” says Jose Reyes, chief technology officer and co-founder of NuScale, in the NPR piece.

“Instead of one big nuclear reactor, Reyes says his company will string together a series of up to 12 much smaller reactors. They would be built in a factory and transported by truck to a site that would be being prepared at the same time,” writes Brady.

"You're making your [reactor] pool and all that stuff on-site. In parallel, you're manufacturing the modules, and then that cuts the construction schedule to about half,” Reyes explains in Brady’s article.

Brady shares that “NuScale says it also has simplified how the plants are operated in ways that make them safer.”

Now, you’re probably wondering what this has to do with property operations.

The progressive approach is where we're going with this.

NuScale is looking at an existing industry and turning it on its head, shaking it up quite a bit, and working to innovate exponentially.

We like this mindset.

It’s what we practice here at 24/7 Software.

What do we say we apply this smart, efficient, and safe strategy to your operation?

“It's been used by brands such as American Airlines, Panasonic and Toyota. It's all over the signage in the New York City subway system. Even Google, Apple and Netflix used it for a time,” write Scott Simon and Samantha Raphelson in their recent NPR article entitled “Helvetica, The Iconic Font Both Loved And Loathed, Gets Its 1st Redesign In 36 Years.”

According to the article, “Helvetica is ubiquitous around the world, but despite its popularity, the typeface has some issues: letters scrunch together at small sizes and the space between them can be uneven.”

“Now, after 36 years, the widely used — and widely controversial — font is getting a makeover,” share Simon and Raphelson.

The NPR piece continues that, “The upgrade was designed by the Massachusetts type giant Monotype, which controls licensing for Helvetica. The company has updated each of Helvetica's 40,000 characters for the digital age, offering three new sizes designed to work on everything from billboards to the tiny screens of a smartwatch. The updated font even has a new name: ‘Helvetica Now."

“Like many changes, though, some people are skeptical,” the article explains.

Skepticism is common when questioning the status quo, change, and your current state.

Agree?

We love to challenge it, though.

It’s in our nature.

But we know it’s difficult to manage change – especially when it’s not always a top priority for your property.

So how do you do it?

How do you redesign your operation to “operation now”- the next generation of your property’s operation?

Keep reading; we’re going to show you.

“This summer, musician Katie Sucha will be touring England. And she's scared,” writes Jasmine Garsd in their recent NPR article entitled “After Boeing Crashes, More People Want Help Taming Fear Of Flying.”

"It really is a serious mental challenge to walk through those doors and get on the plane,” Sucha shares in the article.

According to Garsd, “Sucha's fear of flying is so bad that when she was a teacher in Mississippi and wanted to visit her family in Michigan, she'd take a 14-hour bus ride rather than spend two hours in the air.”

“The upcoming trip to Europe is a great career opportunity, but she's terrified. She can't stop watching the news about the two deadly Boeing 737 Max crashes less than five months apart. Sucha gets nervous just talking about them,” explains Garsd.

"You know, if this happens with one type of plane, how many other examples of a faulty sensor or ... something malfunctioning," says Sucha.

The NPR article continues, “Boeing 737 Max airplanes have been grounded worldwide, and incidents like these are actually incredibly rare. But instructors who help people with fear of flying are reporting that enrollment in their classes has more than doubled in the wake of the crashes.”

“If you aren't a nervous flyer, you might not be familiar with the industry built around fear of flying. For $2.99 you can buy an app called Am I Going Down? It uses aviation statistics to calculate the risk of a crash on your upcoming flight,” Garsd writes.

“An app called Overcome The Fear Of Flying offers hypnosis relaxation. The list goes on and on,” Garsd continues.

Later in the article, Garsd shares that “Ben Kaminow, a graduate of Soar (a course), says it's worth the price. He says his fear of flying ‘was debilitating to my life. I would not go away with my family."

“Kaminow's phobia started in 1993, when his vacation flight from New York to Mexico hit strong turbulence,” the article explains.

“He was terrified.”

“It may feel as though the electric car has been crowned the future of transportation,” writes Susan Phillips in their recent NPR article entitled “Japan Is Betting Big On The Future Of Hydrogen Cars.”

According to Phillips, “Auto companies have plans to make more electric car models, and sales — still only a tiny fraction of the overall market — are expected to get a boost as more countries pass regulations to reduce carbon emissions. But Japan isn't sure that the battery-powered electric car is the only future, and it's betting big on something it says makes more sense in big cities: hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.”

“At the LFA Works factory in the city of Toyota, Aichi prefecture, workers install carbon-fiber hydrogen tanks on Toyota's new hydrogen powered fuel cell car. It's called the Mirai, which means "future" in Japanese,” Phillips explains.

The NPR piece continues that “A hydrogen fuel cell doesn't burn anything. It uses a chemical reaction between the hydrogen and the oxygen from the air to produce electricity. Hydrogen fuel cell cars are quiet, like battery electric ones, and they emit only water.”

“Only about 11,000 fuel cell vehicles are on the road worldwide. Nearly half of them are in California, which has stringent vehicle emission regulations and tax credits that incentivize electric and fuel cell vehicles,” Phillips shares further in the article.

Phillips continues, “In Japan, the Mirai is expensive even with a generous government subsidy that brings it down from the equivalent of about $70,000 to about $50,000. The largest cost is the fuel cell production, but Toyota says that will drop as production ramps up.”

“Japan has embraced the technology and aims to create the first ‘hydrogen society,’ which also includes the use of hydrogen for power generation. The energy ministry has ambitious targets in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics. The city of Tokyo plans to deploy 100 hydrogen fuel cell buses during the games, and it wants to have 40,000 fuel cell electric vehicles on the road, with a longer-term goal of 200,000 such vehicles in the next six years,” according to the NPR article.

Progression, change, and innovation all excite us.

It’s why we’re so focused on today’s article and getting this insight to you.

What are you betting big on now and for the future?

Tough question?

Let us help.

It’s time to look at your current situation, your current operation.

Are you operating as you should in 2019 – and most important – thinking about 2020 and beyond?

That’s OK if you’re not because you’re in the right place and reading the right article.

Of course, we’re not worried about bringing your attention to hydrogen cars.

But we do need you to pay attention to all the lessons here.

We’re betting big on the future of Proactive Operations. And you should be too.

Let’s work together to create a Proactive Operations society.

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“Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has a message for his neighbors to the south in Silicon Valley who might be sick of the high prices and overcrowding: "If you are a small business or an entrepreneur and you are trying to make it in in the Bay Area and you can't, don't move to Seattle — move to Sacramento,” writes Laura Sydell in their NPR article entitled “Coming To A City Near You, 5G. Fastest Wireless Yet Will Bring New Services.”

According to Sydell, “One of the lures he's using to draw businesses is newly installed Verizon fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless. Each generation of faster wireless speeds has helped spark innovation.”

“Streaming videos, getting real-time traffic reports and banking on your smartphone are among the services made possible by faster Internet speeds. That's why there's a lot of excitement about the possibilities surrounding 5G,” the NPR article explains.

“Experts say 5G will propel innovation in transportation, manufacturing, medicine and areas we still can't anticipate,” continues Sydell.

The NPR piece shares, “Not many people have seen 5G in action. NPR got a demo in a suburban neighborhood of Sacramento, one of four cities that currently have Verizon's new service. (The others are Houston, Los Angeles and Indianapolis.)”

“John Macias, an assistant performance manager for Verizon, demonstrates a speed test on a laptop in his truck. As he clicks on a PBS video, it begins to stream without any lag,” writes Sydell.

Spark innovation.

Real-time.

Faster internet speeds.

You know we couldn’t resist this article.

The concepts here and the path forward is right in line with our outlook for property operations.

We want to help you succeed with qualities like the breakthrough ones listed above.

It’s time to remove lag from your operation and hit the next level in performance.

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Ready?

Let’s get Proactive Operations employed for your property.

It’s a movement, and it’s coming to every city near you!