Announcing Lobby Transit for Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is famous for its excellent public transit. When TEECOM opened an office in the city in March, 2017, we knew that we wanted to expand Lobby Transit™, our free award-winning real-time transit information app, to incorporate PDX. Today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve enabled Lobby Transit™ for MAX Light Rail, Portland Streetcar, and WES Commuter … Read more

How to Create a High-Value Internship Experience

Summer interns arrive fresh-faced and ready to work, but at design firms they often end up doing the most basic of production tasks. That’s because many architecture, engineering, and construction companies just don’t have the bandwidth to run a full-fledged internship program. Run well, however, internship programs can help solve one of the industry’s biggest dilemmas: the skills … Read more

A World Without Waiting: Translating the Amazon Go Model to Other Sectors

If you haven’t seen Amazon’s prototype zero-wait grocery store, watch their video (below) first and then come read this. At first this might seem like ground-breaking new work, but the reality is that Amazon Go is just the latest iteration in a series of technologies that are helping to eliminate waiting everywhere we go. And beyond simply … Read more

How to Deploy Mass Notification and Emergency Communications in Your Facility (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, we defined Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) systems, and discussed their increasingly “smart” capabilities. This week, we talk about how to deploy these systems in your facility. The first step to deploying an MNEC solution is creating a Risk Assessment Report. This report sets the parameters for the system requirements. The report should … Read more

Understanding Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) Requirements (Part 1 of 2)

How many hours per day do you spend in a building that isn’t your home, whether it’s work, school, at a service provider, retail, or a public environment in between? Sadly, the world that we live in is not as safe as it once was. What are the emergency procedures for evacuating, say, your doctor’s office? As … Read more

3 Ways Technology Can Aid Mindfulness in the Workplace

Just when you’ve gotten into the flow of reviewing a report, a flicker catches your eye. It’s a new Slack message from your manager… Click. You’re texting a detailed message to a co-worker when a shocking news headline pops up on your phone… Tap. Technology is good at distraction. In fact, some people, including former Google … Read more

What Do We Mean by “Flexibility” in Design?

Time and again in my technology consulting career I have found myself using or responding to the term “flexible” to describe a technology, a space, or even an entire facility. It’s one of those catch-all terms, like “collaborative” or “state of the art,” that seems inherently positive. Everyone wants to be flexible. But what do we mean, exactly, by flexibility in design?

5 Ways Virtual Reality is Changing Patient Care

If you still think that virtual reality is only good for gaming, recent studies demonstrating its benefit in healthcare may change your mind. Virtual reality shows such potential for easing pain, addiction, and mental health disorders that some in the healthcare world anticipate the birth of a new medical profession: the virtualist, who is responsible for … Read more

14 Audiovisual Trends that will Affect the Architecture of Spaces: InfoComm 2017 Recap

InfoComm is an audiovisual pro’s paradise: a six-day, 545,000-sf expo where top product manufacturers unveil their coolest stuff and whisper about trends to come. To cover the huge show, which also includes more than 100 educational sessions and countless meet-and-greets, TEECOM sent a five-man crew, including Gil Lopez, Luke Goodloomis, Josh Srago, Jason Brounstein, and Scott … Read more