Audiovisual Trends at InfoComm 2018: Transparency and Collaboration

InfoComm, the largest professional audiovisual event in North America, drew nearly 43,000 registrants to Las Vegas this year. Ten of those 43,000 were TEECOM employees. We brought our wish lists from clients and scanned through thousands of expo exhibits and sessions to find the most useful and interesting emerging technologies. Here are the biggest audiovisual trends … Read more

Parking Structure Technology: Get It Right

From the outside, a parking structure seems like a simple design. It’s just decks, ramps, and parking spaces, right? But parking facilities are undergoing a technological disruption much like what’s happening within the walls of the “social building.” A multitude of new technologies and solutions are flooding the market, and we’re being challenged to answer the … Read more

Changing from a Career in High-Voltage to Low-Voltage Engineering: A TEECOM Case Study

When he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, the job market looked like a cherry orchard to Michael Kelly. An electrical engineering degree is a powerful piece of paper. It says that the holder possesses a technical understanding of the generation and distribution of electric power; the collection, processing and … Read more

7 Tips for Conference Call Success

Conference calls, whether by phone, video conference, or a combination of the two, have become a standard collaboration tool for most organizations. And yet many people are baffled about how to run a successful video conference. How can we use our technology tools to make meetings more productive and pleasant, instead of endurance tests of miscommunication? … Read more

Earth Day 2018: Bringing the Trees Back

In 1854, the city of Oakland, California’s first mayor Horace Carpentier proclaimed, “The chief ornament and attraction of this city consists, doubtless, in the magnificent grove of evergreen oaks which covers its present site and from which it takes both its former name of ‘Encinal’ and its present one of ‘Oakland.’” Cut to post-industrial-revolution Oakland, 170 years older and hundreds of thousands … Read more

Transportation Trends: Future Tech

In part one of this blog, we discussed how San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 1 project represents mass transportation trends as it rolls toward its 2022 opening. For part two, we sat down again with Senior Design Engineer Rob Friend, RCDD, RTPM, and Design Engineer Paul Herget, ECSE, to envision the future beyond. What will travel look like in … Read more

Mass Transportation Trends: Challenges & Solutions at SFO

When it opens in 2022, San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 1 and Boarding Area B redevelopment will deliver a world-class travel experience through consolidated security check-in, 24 gates, and a spacious central concourse. All these amenities will be connected by integrated technology to facilitate the passenger journey, which is a key to supporting mass transportation trends. TEECOM designed Terminal … Read more

Security and the Open Corporate Campus

In America today, corporate campuses are often envisioned as utopian town squares, places where employees and visitors mix and collaborate, and where, just as there are no bad ideas, there are no bad people. In our idealistic drive to create Great Places to Work, physical security concerns have been muffled. The April 3 shooting at YouTube’s … Read more

The Cooperative Built Environment: The Quest for a Friendlier Playground

There’s a problem with the technology within our industry. We’ve got all these smart systems and devices that surround us all the time, technology that has transformed our everyday experiences, but most of the systems in our built environment are shackled, restricted, designed to be discrete links in a chain, rather than a network of cooperative … Read more

How to Nurture Productive Freedom in R&D

Curiosity and creativity are two of the most important traits of a research and development team, but they do not arise naturally. They must be supported, nurtured, and protected. We believe that people make their best work when they have creative freedom to explore even their most out-there ideas. Practically speaking, though, what are some ways … Read more