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

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

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?

What Exactly Does TEECOM Do?

What does TEECOM do? Sure, we can give you a rundown of our services, and roll out our new tagline (we’re “the tech in architecture”), but the world of technology and engineering is confusing, full of jargon, and involves a multitude of service providers. So when TEECOM Associate Principal Matt Flanders (MF) was asked this very question … Read more

Engineering Titles and Technical Certifications: A Definitive Guide

Engineering Titles We hear all kinds of terms used to describe people who design building technology systems, including engineer, designer, technologist, and integrator. What’s the difference? There are two aspects to designing low-voltage systems for buildings: the theoretical and the applied. In general, integrators and technologists are oriented toward application, whereas engineers and designers are geared toward the … Read more

A 360 Virtual Reality Tour of TEECOM’s Oakland Office

TEECOM’s Oakland headquarters office redesign, courtesy of Forge Architects, was inspired in part by our love for hosting collaborative events. The audiovisual system in our all-hands space includes a 13.5-foot by 6.2-foot video wall, a prompting screen, and integrated speakers and microphones. We invite you to take a virtual tour of our new space via 360 video. … Read more

Integrated Technology Design Firm TEECOM Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oakland, California, USA — The year was 1997, two years after the last restriction had been removed on commercial use of the internet. One young telecommunications engineer had a vision for how low-voltage building systems would one day operate on a single network, delivering unprecedented environmental efficiency and enabling rapid advancement. Not everyone … Read more

Trend Report: Social Media Interfaces, Creative Displays, and Immersive Environments at Integrated Systems Europe 2017

During February I got to spend five cold and snowy days in the city of Amsterdam attending the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) convention. This convention is an enormous event focused on technology in workplace and public space, ranging from display systems, network-based technologies, communication, audiovisual, and everything else that you can think of that has a plug … Read more

A Hotel Designed for the Most Finicky of Clients

The Republic of Cyprus has a storied history with cats. There is some evidence that the animals were first domesticated by a neolithic tribe on the Eastern Mediterranean island, and there is a legend that Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, imported cats to Cyprus to control an infestation of snakes. Today, the feline kind is given free … Read more