Celebrating The New Year!

January is the month for celebrations. At least at LAVA. For this month’s off-site we gather at the lovely ‘Jour de Fête’ in Ghent. Socializing is key at this evening. We raise glasses in a toast to a new and successful year.

Our off-site is the ideal moment to put our two new colleagues, David and Lisa, in the spotlight. Like every new colleague, they get their five minutes of fame. Five minutes to introduce themselves in an original and creative way. For their five minutes, David and Lisa join forces and enthusiasm.

Through a series of pictures and tough questions, we need to sketch the profile of our new colleagues. It’s a quiz, and a competition, but also the perfect way to get to know them better. We learn that David is an avid kickboxer and likes to travel the world, while Lisa is the oldest in a family of seven and gives heart and soul for her youth movement. Together with Jorn and Jeroen, I am part of the winning team. I admit that intensive collaboration with David during his first two weeks might have given us an edge over the competition.

In a jolly atmosphere we are guided to our table,  richly decorated with the new LAVA branding material. We enjoy a delightful dinner.

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Google Glass – Inspiring business opportunities

During the LAVA Off-site meeting in November we were introduced to Google Glass, with live demonstrations and a multitude of possible applications for the business world. The Ghelamco Arena turned out to be the perfect venue for another inspiring meeting.

In short, Google Glass is a smart pair of glasses. A portable on your nose which projects information on a small screen just above your right eye. As a user you control your glasses with your voice or via a touchpad, incorporated in the frame of the glasses. With the touchpad you can scroll through a menu to display messages, play music, take pictures and videos.

The potential applications are almost endless. For example, you can read your emails or let them be read aloud, follow news postings and activate your GPS. In a professional context, Google Glass meanwhile delivers promising results leading to a higher quality of work and results.

Workers in production plants now receive digital work instructions via their Google Glass. Forget about paper-based instructions and monitoring. The maintenance engineer high in the mast of a windmill in the North Sea sends via Google Glass images to his fellow expert, watching and helping from his office 1.200 kilometers away.

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Also in utilities countless applications exist. Think of reading and real-time digital processing of meter readings. The work of a field engineer working on water or electricity installations or the stock levels of spare parts which can be updated from the field in real time. Tasks which are becoming easier with digital instructions via Google Glass.

Google Glass will improve the quality of work and business results significantly.

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