3 Essential Things You Need when Setting Up a Budget Friendly Home Office

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In this article, ESCO explores the essentials and the cost needed in setting up a budget friendly home office as most of us are working from home. Follow Trish, Marketing Executive, as we dive into the essentials needed when setting up a budget friendly home office.

Imagine this: Waking up early in the morning, getting ready for a Zoom meeting with an important client but only to find yourself rushing to find a decent place at home, with no distractions and then, facing a technical issue with your desktop. This is one of the many situations that most people faced when they are working from home. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are forced to close their physical offices and to allow their employees to work from home. Since working from home facilitates more virtual meetings, it is essential to have a decent working environment at home and to have relevant hardware and software to increase your efficiency. However, home offices can be costly and according to Homestratosphere, it can cost between USD $20,000 – USD $30,000 which include basic renovations such as flooring, electrical upgrades and lighting. Thus, instead of spending money on fully renovating a dedicated space, many are looking for cheaper alternatives to recreate a home office. Here are 3 essential things that you need in your budget friendly home office.

Furnishings

Firstly, when planning to have a dedicated home office, one should take note of their furnishings. Do not overlook at the importance of having comfortable furniture for your home office. Having the right furniture will ensure that you are able to finish your work more efficiently. For example, when buying a desk for the home office, one should consider the desk area to be large enough to place your computer and for you to complete your work. In addition, it would be great to have a small cabinet or a couple of bookshelves to store all your physical work files. Apart from desk and shelving units, buying a comfortable ergonomic chair is important because it prevents you from having any backache which will hinder your work progress.

The estimated cost of a comfortable ergonomic chair would be around USD $90 TO USD $150 (The BalanceSmall Business) and as for the estimated cost of a desk would be around USD $275 to USD $1,200 (PriceitHere). For the shelving units, it’s estimated cost would be around USD $500 to USD $7,350. As such, the total estimated cost would probably be below USD $1,000 for basic furnishings, excluding any renovation works if you are looking to set up a more budget friendly home office.

Hardware

When it comes to setting up a home office, it is important to equip your home office with relevant hardware and software. Hardwares such as printers, webcam camera and desktop computers are 3 of the key items needed in your home office. If your job requires you to work on large spreadsheets while looking at other tabs for reference, you will need an additional monitor. The average cost of a PC is around USD $733 (Statista) and as for printers, it can range from USD $12 to USD $8,000 (Soscanhelp). As for webcams, it can range up to USD $25 – USD $500 (TheVerge) depending on the functions and the quality that you need.

As virtual meetings are held regularly, one should take note of the video conferencing software and the webcam that they use in order to prevent any technical disruption or low connectivity issues. Having a good quality webcam camera is essential for important meetings with clients or even colleagues. For example, the Huddlecam Go would be great for those who prefer a plug and go video conferencing camera. It has a single USB 2.0 that allows you to connect to any devices giving you crystal clear audio and HD video. It has a super wide-angle lens, 360-degree speakerphone and its’ portable design allows you to bring it to almost everywhere. With the Huddlecam Go, you no longer face low quality video conferencing meetings.

Software

Other than having a good webcam camera, having the right video conferencing software too contributes in having more productive meetings. Some of us can face issues such as having a video feed that keeps freezing and unable to share screen which can cause an unpleasant experience. Thus, Zoom, a video conferencing software is a great software program for users to hold their meetings efficiently. Other than small meetings, Zoom also offers video webinar services which is great for marketing events and town hall meetings. With having the capabilities to host over 1,000 video participants and 10,000 viewers, many corporations opted to use Zoom as their daily video conferencing software as it rarely has any software issues. Furthermore, Zoom also has robust security settings to ensure disruption-free meetings such as encryption, role-based security, passcode protection, waiting rooms and many more. In addition, it gives you clear audio with advanced background noise suppression, a camera setting that enables you to touch up your appearance and many more.

All in all, there are many variables that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to setting up your own home office. The total estimated cost to have a home office can differ based on one’s budget. For those who are on a budget, one does not have to fully renovate their dedicated small space for their home office. By just having the right furniture, up-to-date software and relevant hardware is enough to set up a small home office to increase your work productivity and efficiency. As working from home will likely continue to stay after the pandemic, it would be feasible to invest in a small space in your house for a home office. Perhaps in a few years time, home offices will replace the traditional physical offices.

Contact ESCO now if you would like to purchase Zoom licenses or know more about the Huddlecam Go HD.

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Heald/Evo

The unique design of the Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) bollard means it can be installed at a depth only slightly greater than the height of the actual bollard itself with no loss of protection.

Technical Specification

Performance Rating
IWA14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N2A]/64/90:1.3

Bollard Diameter
273mm

Raised Height
1000mm

Power
415v/3 phase
230v/ Single phase
Or to suit country regulations

Options
EFO (Emergency Fast Operation)
LED lights available
Battery back up generator
Electro mechanical hydraulic operation

Normal Raise Speed
3-4 seconds approx

EFO Speed
1.5 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated

Finish
Galvanised then primed and painted black with red refl ective band. Alternative finishes and covers available on request.

Heald Matador HT3

Heald’s Electro Mechanical Matador is the latest addition to Heald’s product range. The EM Matador is an award-winning, sliding bollard system which is operated electro mechanically and has many additional benefits.

Technical Specification

Crash Testing
HT3: IWA 14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N3C]/64/90:1.3 (N3C 18 tonner vehicle)IWA 14-1:2013 Bollard V/7200[N2A]/80/90:4.8

Bollard Height
1100 mm

Bollard Diameter
273 mm

Foundation Depth
Surface mount (base requirements): 150 mm
Recessed:160 mm

Composition
Welding in accordance with BS 4872-1:1982.
Manufacturing in accordance with BS 6571.

Options
LED Lighting, Architectural Paving System, specialist cover options, Hydra Control and trace heating

Normal Operating Speed
6 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated

Motor
0.37 KWT (1 per dynamic bollard)

Finish
Base shot blasted and applied with special hard wearing resin
Top surface finished with anti-slip coating
Bollards galvanised with stainless steel covers

Heald/Raptor

Heald’s Raptor combines the high security of a roadblocker with the flexibility of a shallow mount bollard. The Raptor is the most resistant bollard of its type on the market due to its internal reinforcement which other bollards simply don’t have. Tested to both UK PAS 68 and US ASTM standards, not only will it halt a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at 80 kph it will also continue to function following the impact.

Technical Specification

Performance Rating
ASTM: M50-P1 Zero Penetration (SD-STD2.01 K12)
ASTM: C40 P1 Zero Penetration
PAS68 Blocker/Bollard V/7500[N3]/80/90:3.3/18.9

Axle Loadings
Will withstand any road going vehicle (In-house test certificate). Axle weight 120 tonnes or more.

Raised Height
985 mm

Width
380 mm

Composition
Profiled steel plate
Welding in accordance with BS 4872-1:1982
Manufacturing in accordance with BS 6571

Motor
Spec dependant on site requirements and may be altered after consultation with client. 3 kW motor.
Immersed pump (optional addition).
Extra Heavy duty solenoid valves (24 V DC) for reliability in operation.
Manual hand pump.
30 litre tank.

Power
415 V/3ph and neutral/50 Hz. Alternatively, power to suit customer requirements.

PLC Control Voltage
24 V DC

Options
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO) via accumulator
Hydra remote control and monitoring
Trace heating
LED lighting
High security lock out valve

Normal Raise Speed
4 - 6 seconds approx

EFO Speed
1.5 seconds approx

Duty Cycle
100% rated.

Finish
Galvanised then primed and painted grey or yellow, Chevrons available.Other colours available on request.

ATG/DEFENDER

The ATG Access Defender Automatic Bollard is a K4 impact tested bollard able to cope with a high number of operations per hour, making it ideal for sites with high traffic flow.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
US DOS - K4 Rating: 6,800 kg at 30 mph (48 kph)

Minimum Array
3

Power
External HPU

Diameter
273mm

Height Above Ground
762mm

Foundation Depth
1235mm

Finishes
Galvanised or painted yellow with the option of an aesthetic sleeve (279mm). Indirect red LED lights an option - check with technical team on application for a quotation.

Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

SP400 Automatic Bollard

The SP400 Automatic Bollard is PAS 68 rated and available in a multitude of finishes and operation types making this product one of the most versatile high-security bollards on the market.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/48/90:0/0
Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:2.3/2.7
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
240mm (lid), 209mm (core)
Height Above Ground
998mm
Foundation Depth
1528mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard, with or without two machine bands (client preference). Options include an aesthetic sleeve (219mm diameter) or direct LED (RGBW) lights. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

SP400 Manually Retractable Bollard

The SP400 Manually Retractable Bollard offers an impact tested solution that can be easily operated without the need for electricity. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/48/90:0/0

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:2.3/2.7

Minimum Array
1

Power
Integral HPU

Diameter
209mm (core)/ 240mm (lid)

Height Above Ground
998mm

Foundation Depth
1509mm

Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard with two, yellow reflective bands. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.

SPTT Automatic Bollard

The SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard has a unique double retractable design which ensures smooth operation and acts as a depth saving feature. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)64/90:0.5/6.1
Minimum Array
1
Power
External or Integral HPU
Diameter
209mm (top) / 280mm (bottom)
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
900mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard. Option to sleeve with a stainless steel finish depending on application (210mm top, 282mm top diameter). Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy. A RAL finish is also possible on request.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard

The SPTT Manually Retractable Bollard has a unique double retractable design which ensures smooth operation and acts as a depth saving feature. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/64/90:0.5/6.1
Minimum Array
1
Power
Integral HPU
Diameter
209mm (top) / 280mm (bottom)
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
900mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard. Option to sleeve with a stainless steel finish depending on application (210mm top, 282mm top diameter). Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy. A RAL finish is also possible on request.

ATG/Stealth

Tested to IWA 14-1, the Stealth Automatic Bollard is an automatic system with integral hydraulics that can be retrofitted into existing systems. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
IWA 14: V/7200(N2A)/80/90:2.4 (Single Bollard)
Security Rating
IWA 14: V/7200(N2A)/80/90:0.8 (Dual Bollard)
Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)/80/90:0.795/10.4 (Dual Bollard)
Minimum Array
1 (single bollard), 2 (dual bollard)
Power
External or Integral HPU
Diameter
230mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1514mm
Finishes
Sheradised black finish as standard with two yellow reflective bands. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (240mm diameter) or direct LED (RGBW) lights - the external HPU model only. Product can be vinyl wrapped with a bespoke design or advertising copy.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

ATG/SP MKII Titan Automatic Bollard

The Titan MK II Automatic Bollard is a cost-effective way of protecting key access points, available in a variety of operating sets and arrays. 

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500/80/90:4.0/33.5
Security Rating
ASTM: M50 P2
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
273mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1684mm
Finishes
Galvanised and then painted as standard. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (323mm diameter). Direct LED (RGBW) lights are also available for the unsleeved variant.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
Yes

ATG/SP MKII Titan Manually Retractable Bollard

The Titan MK II is a manually retractable bollard impact tested to the British BSI PAS 68 standard.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500/80/90:4.0/33.5
Minimum Array
1
Power
Integral HPU
Diameter
273mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1684mm
Finishes
Galvanised and then painted as standard. Option to fit with an aesthetic sleeve (323mm diameter).

ATG/SP1000 Automatic Bollard

The SP1000 Automatic Bollard is the first ATG Access high-security bollard to be impact tested as part of the PAS 68 testing program, becoming one of the strongest automatic bollards available in the security market.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: V/7500(N2)80/90:0/10
Security Rating
ASTM: M50 P1
Minimum Array
1
Power
External HPU
Diameter
300mm
Height Above Ground
1000mm
Foundation Depth
1933mm
Finishes
Galvanised as standard with two yellow reflective bands. Can be fitted with either a black or stainless steel aesthetic sleeve (350mm diameter).
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

ATG/SP1200 Automatic Bollard

The SP1200 Automatic Bollard is the world's strongest impact tested bollard, and the only one tested with a 30,000kg vehicle.

Technical Specification

Security Rating
PAS 68: 30,000(N3)/80/90:3.30/25
Minimum Array
1
Diameter
300mm
Height Above Ground
1200mm
Foundation Depth
2040mm
Power
External HPU
Finishes
Galvanised as standard with two yellow reflective bands. For any alternative finishes, please discuss with our technical team on application for a quotation.
Emergency Fast Operation (EFO)
No

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