skip to Main Content

In the News

Welcome to the News section of our website. Here you’ll find case studies, application suggestions, installation tips, product profiles, and more to assist you in getting the most out of our storage systems, furnishings, and services.

  • Everything
  • Applications
  • Case Studies
  • Product Profiles
  • Tips, Trends & Insights

Securing the Admin Suite: Locking Down Laptops and CPUs

As school districts continue to evaluate different ways to increase security and protect school property from theft and vandalism, one strategy that repeatedly proves problematic is relying on a single locked door to protect all of the valuables inside. Once a thief or vandal gets past the door, all of the computers, equipment, and files are available for the taking…

Classroom on a Cart Gets Upgrade for Tech and Security

A generation ago, teaching from a classroom on a cart meant a teacher would have to heap supplies onto a makeshift custodial cart that was the equivalent of three flat shelves on wheels. But with today’s classrooms teeming with technology, that design just won’t do. Teachers have found a number of thoughtful and creative ways to organize materials and activities from the confines of a cart…

Student Cellphones Threatening the Security of Your School’s Testing?

Each year thousands of students participate in state testing, and for schools that have a BYOD policy, personal devices like cellphones on testing day can be a real challenge and a real threat to the security of the testing environment. Because personal electronic devices are prohibited from use in testing areas, a tremendous burden is placed on schools to ensure students don’t enter testing areas with cellphones or other electronics.

Store and Charge Solutions for Small Group Instruction

Special education teachers frequently “push in” to regular education classrooms, but a large part of their instruction is often delivered to small groups in other locations throughout the school building. Because their groups are small, learning support, emotional support, ESL, and speech and language teachers don’t always have the luxury of a full-sized classroom or easy access to equipment and resources.

What Is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship is a term that has recently gained prominence as our schools and classrooms have become increasingly steeped in technology. Simply put, digital citizenship refers to the way we behave online and the social rules and expectations that we apply to those behaviors. The word “citizenship” refers to our contribution to and responsibility toward a community.

Constructive Uses of Cellphones in the Classroom

Since cellphones have found their way into the back pockets of so many students, teachers have been faced with the dilemma of whether to embrace them or ban them altogether. Some believe that if students have cellphones and they are given educational reasons to use them, then they are less likely to be disruptive or distracting.

Acceptable Use Policy for Schools: Getting Started

An Acceptable Use Policy, or AUP, is a policy used by schools to clearly spell out what is acceptable and what is unacceptable when using a school’s network and the internet. It can also include rules for the care and use of devices in situations where a school provides laptops, tablets, or other internet-ready devices that students take home.

What to Look for When Buying Mobile Computer Carts for Your School

If you’re an IT director or technology coach and it’s budget time, you’re probably looking for store and charge solutions that can accommodate the tech you have today and adapt to the tech you’ll have tomorrow. With devices cycling out every three to six years, it only makes sense to use your budget wisely and choose storage solutions that will grow with you and last beyond the next round of updates.

Creating a BYOD Policy for Your School

Technology in the classroom is no longer the exception. It’s now the rule. But not all schools can afford to outfit each classroom with the latest devices to enhance learning. One way schools have found to work around a shortage of resources is to allow students to bring their own devices into the classroom. This strategy is commonly called BYOD, or “bring your own device,” and it has been largely successful in getting more tech into schools.

Education Case Study – Reed Henderson High School

When B. Reed Henderson High School introduced a BYOD policy and began allowing students to bring their laptops, tablets, and other electronics to school, the new policy created a new need for students to have a secure place to store their devices when they weren’t being used.

Education Case Study – East Georgia College

East Georgia College was looking for an individual storage solution for dormitory students to store their laptops and other valuables within the limited space of their dorm rooms. The college needed a solution that was convenient and easy for students to use, and it also had to be secure and compact to ensure that the students’ computers and other items would be kept safe and out of the way in these small spaces.

3 Trends in Classroom Technology That Impact School Bandwidth

With the explosion of classroom technology, IT directors and technology coaches are working to keep up with bandwidth demand and predict its growth from year to year. While every school is different in the kinds of technology it uses, understanding trends in classroom technology can help make bandwidth predictions more accurate so budgets and planning don’t fall short.

Tips for Picking a Store and Charge Station You Won’t Outgrow

When budget time comes and you’re charged with identifying the tech needs of your faculty and staff, it’s sometimes hard to see down the road far enough to predict long-term needs. This is especially true for IT directors and technology coaches who are constantly trying to navigate changes in hardware, software, and related equipment, as these resources tend to operate on a very short lifecycle.

When Should You Replace Your Store and Charge Carts? The Answer Is Never.

If you’re looking at your school’s computer store and charge carts and thinking it may be time to replace them, you probably purchased your carts from the wrong manufacturer. A well-constructed cart should last a lifetime, so if yours isn’t even lasting through lunchtime, you should definitely learn what to look for so you don’t make the same mistake the second time around.

How to Prevent Students from Cheating on Online Tests

As more teachers move from paper tests to online tests, one thing has stayed the same: cheating. Whether or not online tests are making cheating easier is arguable, but one thing is certain.  Students are finding new ways to cheat online, and they’re making it harder for teachers to catch them. How are they cheating?

Personal Device Storage for Students During High Stakes Testing

If you work in a public school that participates in state testing, then you’re likely familiar with the high level of security surrounding test materials and the challenge of personal device storage in testing areas. Teachers and administrators frequently struggle with managing students’ personal devices while they’re taking the test…

Tech Trends in the Classroom Demand Adaptable Device Storage

Technology is continuing to have a dramatic effect on the classroom, not just in terms of the devices that students are using to learn but also in how the classroom is designed and furnished to accommodate device storage and charging. What does it mean for your school and its approach to device management? Here’s a closer look.

How to Choose a Secure Device Store and Charge Solution

Many facilities have a need to securely store and charge devices when they are not in use or are not permitted in certain areas. For education and privacy-sensitive settings where personal device use is restricted, a stationary cabinet or depot is ideal. With this type of storage, cellphones or other small personal devices and belongings can be placed in individual compartments with single key or passcode access.

Mobile Podium Desk

If you’ve ever tried to find a practical way to store resources or get the most out of your existing workspace, you know how hard it can be to find products that fit your unique needs. Datum is the trusted source for schools, organizations, institutions and private facilities looking for innovative storage and furniture solutions.

MobileTrak5® By Datum

As your facility and personnel grow, so does your need for storage. Expanding your storage capabilities shouldn’t mean outsourcing storage or expanding your facility. Your existing storage may need to be working harder for you. The MobileTrak5® is Datum’s leading high-density storage solution.

Datum Preserves History with Archival Storage

Following a sizable merger, a U.S. refinery needed to find space within its corporate facility for 80 additional workstations and corresponding files. The department expanded to include seven work groups that all needed convenient central access to corporate tax documents. Previously, the department relied on lateral files, rotary cabinets, and vertical filing cabinets to manage its file storage needs, but with the addition of the workstations and limited floor space, the client needed a new alternative.

TekCart™ Universal

Storing and transporting valuable electronics can be a challenge. With so many different options available on the market, it can be hard to choose the best solution for your application. If you’re looking for a reliable storage solution that won’t break the bank, take a look at the TekCart™ Universal. The TekCart™ Universal by Datum offers secure organized storage for all your valuable electronic devices.

Datum Offers Custom Storage Solutions for Any Application

Do you feel like you’ve outgrown your current storage lockers or that it might be time for an upgrade? Are you looking for a better way to safely store and organize your equipment for easy access? Datum is proud to partner with branches of the armed forces and first responders to develop custom locker applications for any situation.

4Post™ Personal Storage

Do you feel like your current storage lockers aren’t meeting your growing needs? Are you looking for a better way to store gear and equipment for your employees or personnel? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade! The 4Post Personal Storage Locker by Datum is a great way for branches of the military and first responders to store everything they need while also maximizing space.

TekStak™ by Datum®

TekStak™ by Datum is the premiere one-to-one storage solution for your business, school, or government organization. Designed to safely store your laptops, netbooks, and other valuable electronics, TekStak™ is the latest addition to Datum’s line of innovative solutions. TekStak™ features individual locking bays that allow users to securely store their valuables in a stacked layout.

Stabilizing Your Storage

How can all of those lighter-than-the wind individual pieces of paper become such a dense and heavy mass when collected and filed? Anyone who has ever been tasked with moving a full filing cabinet, or boxing the contents of one up for storage, knows that it takes a bit of strength to budge that weight. Many offices are stocked with filing cabinets, lateral files or other storage methods that not only collect that paper weight, but stack it fairly high.

Managing Medical Records and Maintaining HIPAA Compliance

Hardcopy paper medical records are notoriously vulnerable to security violations. Hazards ranging anywhere from unprotected FTP access to normal (and unfortunately common) human error make medical file storage a challenge for healthcare providers everywhere. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) instituted guidelines for the secure handling of clients’ Protected Health Information – or PHI – and officials follow through with strict recourse anytime an agency fails to maintain compliance.

Secure Storage Solutions for Government and Public Agencies

It’s time to look at the budget again. For government agencies and public entities, that means careful consideration of storage, shelving and filing systems. Safety, security, space and asset allocation, mobility and capacity are all top priorities – and common difficulties – for most public and government organizations.

Read This Before Budgeting for New Technology in Your Classroom

It’s no secret that technology use is growing in classrooms. The U.S. Department of Education reports that three quarters of teachers say educational technology is benefiting their students. Many schools see the benefit and are implementing strategies such as one-to-one laptop programs to boost student performance.

Restaurants Serve Up the Tech

The restaurant industry has never been on the cutting edge of technology, mostly because restaurant owners and managers are some of the busiest people on the planet, and technology tends to take a back seat to the daily demands of food service. But technology is finally taking a seat at the booth, and that means a growing need for secure device storage.

Electronic Files Are the Way of the Future…and So Is High-Density Storage

While you can find plenty of debate on whether the paperless office is a myth, paper usage in the U.S. reached its peak in 1999, followed by a steady decline of about 1 percent per year. That’s great news for the environment. Yet according to the Clean Air Council, the average American office worker still uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, generating about two pounds of paper per day.

Where to Go With Seven Miles of Files?

Since 1865, the Montana Historical Society has been building and preserving one of the nation’s oldest historic collections. By 2014, that collection had stretched to seven miles’ worth of precious records and artifacts stored on open shelves. The shelving system left items vulnerable to damage and dust and made poor use of the society’s space.

Going the Million-Dollar Distance

Record keeping is a never-ending challenge for municipalities, and Northampton County in eastern Pennsylvania is no exception. In addition to the usual document storage, Northampton County houses an extensive historical archive stretching back more than 250 years. In 2004, the County ran out of space for its growing archives and turned to off-site storage for some of their files.

Protect Officers From Weapons Theft

Keeping weapons secure, yet ready for rapid deployment is a critical challenge for law enforcement divisions everywhere. Unfortunately, police departments are not immune to weapons theft, even within locked facilities. In October 2011, thieves cut bolts and broke through several locked doors to access a Los Angeles Police Department training facility.

High-Tech Without High-Security Spells Disaster for Schools

According to a report by Absolute Software, public schools are the number one location for thefts of laptop computers and other portable electronic devices, followed closely by colleges and universities, which took the number five spot1. When the Charlotte-Mecklenberg School District in North Carolina introduced a bring-your-own-technology program, so many thefts followed that local Police Chief Randy Hagler told the Charlotte Observer it was driving the community’s property crime numbers “out of sight.”

The True Cost of Losing Data

The numbers are staggering. More than 500 million laptop computers are sold in the U.S. each year. That equates to nearly one million computers purchased every day of the week. Of those, an estimated 2 million will be lost, or stolen. The time savings provided and ability to store a large and varied amount of information are the top reasons why the laptop is one of the most widely-owned electronic device in America.

Storage in the Classroom

School districts across the nation are facing monetary concerns of varying degrees. Shrinking budgets, coupled with increasing technology needs, bulging class sizes and reduced classroom space means administrators and teachers have to be creative with your needs. You need efficient and affordable solutions that provide security, space savings and the ability to mobilize resources.

Properly Storing Art

Have you ever seen an old photograph that has been ruined thanks to improper storage? That moment in time captured on film is, of course, irreplaceable. If a photograph becomes damaged, torn or faded to the point where it can no longer be enjoyed, that moment in time becomes lost forever. Original paintings, prints, lithographs and other works of art, too, capture often irreplaceable moments or feelings.

Government Facts & GSA Information

The General Services Administration is a federal agency established on July 1, 1949, by President Harry Truman. Created to streamline the federal administrative work and involved in the disposal of war surplus items, today the GSA serves as the primary purchasing authority for all federal government agencies.

Meeting HIPAA Compliancy

The products you use have to keep up with your duties and provide a maximum level of accessibility while maintaining patient protection and security. But in today’s fast-paced world of cyber-hackers, identity theft and digital fraud, you can’t go far enough to protect your personal information and the information of your customers and patients. And legally, it is necessary to take standard measures to protect the information your customers have provided you.

Mail Sorting for the 21st Century

For many businesses, the mail room is the nerve center of the operation. It’s a busy beehive of activity, with its workers depended upon to make certain both interoffice and external mail is being routed to the right recipients in a prompt fashion. Delivery errors or lost mail pieces are costly events, with the potential to lose revenue or, perhaps worse, lost customer confidence as a direct result.

Weapons Storage for Rapid Deployment

Creating versatile, efficient and, above all, safe and secure weapon storage solutions is not a task to be taken lightly. Whether needed for a military post, a law enforcement agency, or a private citizen who is an avid gun collector, a weapon storage system needs to meet all three criteria; in the case of the first two types of customer, that system also needs to be practically engineered for ease of access should the need for rapid deployment ever arise.

Finding the Right Filing Solution

All filing systems are not built the same. Your needs are as unique as the type of files you use and one size does not fit all storage and filing needs. Whether your files are of the manila, hard-bound, boxed or antiquities variety and fill a room or are housed in a filing cabinet, Datum has the right solution for your office, business or institution.

The Upside—and Downside—of Sharing Tech

In a sense, mobile devices were at the forefront of the “sharing” economy. For years, businesses, libraries, schools and other organizations have been sharing expensive technology to stretch their budgets and give users better experiences. Sharing technology can provide great benefits.

Ez2® Rotary Action File

Storing a growing number of files can be a hassle. From keeping everything organized to ensuring documents aren’t damaged, lost, or stolen is a problem for companies of almost every size and industry. Whether you have dozens of files or several thousand, the Ez2® Rotary Action File by Datum offers a practical solution to your growing storage needs.

Legal File Storage

For years, law firms, courthouses, and records departments have relied on vertical or lateral filing cabinets and other cumbersome storage to store everything from sensitive legal documents to public records. Many firms are faced with the problem of growing storage needs and limited resources. Datum offers a range of products that are designed to meet the changing storage needs of professionals across the country.

Refinery Corporate Facility, Merger and Expansion

To maximize the existing space, individual workstations were reduced in size and lateral files at individual workstations were eliminated. Datum installed two MobileTrak5® high-density mobile storage systems to replace the previous file storage units and to expand file storage capacity for the entire department within the existing footprint.

Record Storage for South Windsor Police Department

The South Windsor Police Department needed to increase the storage capacity of their records department. They wanted a space efficient system, with room for future growth, and an aesthetically pleasing set up, as the area can be seen through a window in the building’s lobby. The solution was a MobileTrak®3 system equipped with 4Post™ shelving and drawers.

Evidence Storage for Sandy Police Department

Relocating to a new facility left the Sandy Police Department of Sandy, OR, in need of a more consolidated and better-organized storage system in two different areas in their building. Their needs were specific: get the most storage out of the space allotted and do it within their budget.

Evidence and Archival Storage for Watertown Police Department

During their move into a new building, the Watertown Police Department in Watertown, MA, found their current freestanding shelving to be less than adequate in storage capacity for their needs.

Evidence Storage for Schenectady Police Department

The City of Schenectady in New York is in the middle of economic growth, and as the city has grown, so has its police department.
With this growth and the everyday need to collect and store evidence and property, the Schenectady Police Department set out to find a long-term solution. The Police Department instituted a bar code system for all of its property and evidence. To build on this system and its current storage facility, the Department needed help in the planning, development, and installation of a comprehensive storage system.

Personal Storage Lockers for Woodway Police Department

During the renovation of their building, the Woodway Police Department on Woodway, TX, found that they needed a convenient place for their officers to store their personal belongings in their locker room area.

Military Supply Storage for Kentucky Air National Guard

The Kentucky Air National Guard needed to expand their storage area where they house aircraft survival equipment. The end goal was to consolidate space so that additional training supplies could be stored, to include Pelican storage cases, response gear, parachutes, ML-4 survival kits, and more.

Four Keys to Efficient Records Management and Storage

Managing an organization’s records means much more than finding room for file boxes. Whether you’re responsible for sensitive patient records, historical materials, legal documents or tax records, how you manage your physical documents affects your organization in ways that go far beyond clutter and office organization. The following are five aspects your records management system needs to address.

Tactical Gear Storage for Rapid Deployment

Today’s police officer is outfitted with more tactical gear than ever before. Keeping gear, weapons and personal items ready for fast deployment can be a challenge, particularly for departments that are working with limited space. Using a combination of optimized storage solutions can help you get the most out of your existing facilities—and help your officers respond fully prepared for every call.

Evidence Storage a Challenge for Many Police and Sheriff Departments

Tight budgets mean tight quarters for many law enforcement departments, and many are feeling the squeeze in their evidence and records storage areas. Unfortunately, crime doesn’t slow down just because department budgets are being cut back. If anything, the opposite occurs.

Configurable Racks for Weapons and Gear

Argos Security weapon racks are completely customizable and can be equipped to store weapons, ammunition, gear, and accessories in various configurations.

5 Benefits of a Weapons Storage Cabinet

Storage and security solutions evolve and update on a continuous cycle in order to keep up with technological advancements and combat evolving threats. When your security, as well as the security of your team and your facility is on the line, you need weapons storage that works and a solution you can trust. Finding the right weapons storage cabinet for your needs changes the game – it keeps the security of your weapons, gear, ammunition, accessories and effects top priority, and provides a lot of other benefits too.

Standardized NSN Products for Efficient Purchasing

We specialize in fully customizable weapons storage solutions, and we also have preconfigured, standardized products readily available.

5 DIY Weapons Storage Fails

The DIY industry is booming. It has spawned numerous books, TV shows, videos, websites, and more. With the right resources, you can “DIY” just about anything, though it is not always recommended.

Weapons Storage Installation: Costa Mesa Police Department

The Costa Mesa Police Department is located in Costa Mesa, California. The department employs approximately 200 people who serve and protect Costa Mesa and the surrounding areas, preserving the peace and operating under a philosophy of community-oriented policing.

Single-Hinge Door vs. Bi-Fold Door Weapons Storage Cabinet

Imagine this scenario. You’ve just been assigned the task of securing the weapons in the armory and storage rooms. No big deal, right? First things first, you take a look at a number of variables: available space, the volume and type of weapons, ammo, and gear to be stored, layout of the rooms, etc. You know secure, efficient weapons storage is your top priority, but the current storage situation is severely lacking.

Equipment Storage Lockers for the Palmyra Police Department

When the Palmyra Police Department’s facility was built in the 1990s, the men’s and women’s locker rooms were designed with school-type lockers that measured 12 inches wide by 12 inches deep. Over the years, this locker size became insufficient for storing each officer’s uniforms and law enforcement equipment. The Department wanted to replace the existing lockers and corresponding bench seats with a larger storage solution and new bench seating while staying within the existing space and room height.

Specifying Storage for Correctional Facilities

Today’s correctional facilities must proactively address overcrowding and claim more space to provide critical services that can decrease violence, enhance public safety, and reduce recidivism. Every element that goes into the design of a correctional facility has to meet a specific need, and it has to do so safely and efficiently. Specifying the right storage with the necessary security, versatility, and space is one important part of the solution.

Contact Info

Toll Free: (800) 828-8018

89 Church Rd, PO Box 355

Emigsville, PA 17318

Map
Social Media
Privacy &
Policy Links
Back To Top
  • Request Contact

    Please complete and submit this form and one of our experts will contact you shortly.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
  • Get a Quote

    Please complete and submit this form and one of our experts will contact you shortly.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.