Smart Buildings & Data Responsibility: What to Know Now

2018 was a big year for changes in the way that people interact with technology. On the one hand, adoption of smart devices has never been greater, with more than 19 million smart speakers (Amazon Echo and the like) shipped in just the third quarter of 2018. On the other hand, the European Union’s GDPR (General … Read more

Building Technology Trends for AEC and CRE in 2019

As 2018 comes to an end, the optimal smart building — one that integrates technology on every level to drive performance, interactivity, and productivity — remains largely on the horizon. What’s holding us back? A lack of systems interoperability, a robust enough information infrastructure, and a vision for what to do with all that data mean that … Read more

Door Hardware: Solving the Architect’s Biggest Headache

When it comes to building design, doors are among the most problematic coordination items. I think most architects would agree with that statement. But to the uninitiated, it can sound ridiculous. They’re just doors, right? In fact, in modern buildings, a door can be a technology platform, and a sort of architectural project in miniature, involving … Read more

Should Technology Infrastructure Be Part of Your Base Building Design?

When commercial building developers assemble a core and shell design team, it typically includes the consultants they feel are necessary to complete the base building design. What makes up the base building scope? Usually, it’s defined as the site infrastructure (roads, paths, pavement, drainage, landscape), building foundation and structure, building envelope, finished circulation and common areas … Read more

Powering Devices Over Ethernet: What You Need to Know

Your building’s low-voltage infrastructure is about to get more useful. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has issued a new standard amendment, IEEE 802.3bt-2018, that will make powering devices over ethernet more effective, an approach known in the industry as Power over Ethernet, or PoE. PoE has been around for over a decade, but … Read more

When to Engage a Technology Consultant on a Project

Designing a building, either from the ground up or as a major renovation project, is an ambitious and complex undertaking. Technology infrastructure (also known as “low-voltage”) is just one element of these complex projects, but it’s an element that’s not often on the owner’s or design team’s mind at the forefront.

That needs to change. Network performance affects every aspect of business today, and telecommunications cabling and network systems must increasingly be considered part of the base building design scope to ensure the system works on day one and can grow and evolve over the life of the building.

In this piece, we talk with TEECOM Principal, Executive Vice President Larry Anderson about when to engage a technology consultant, including the pitfalls of waiting too long and how bringing on a consultant at the right phase can actually save the project money.

6 Ways to Secure Your Audiovisual Network, Before It’s Too Late

In 2018, nearly every audiovisual device that gets installed has some form of network connectivity, from systems that transmit high definition video and low latency audio over IP to simple IR blasters. Even speakers, the dumbest of dumb AV devices, have become network connected, with new PoE-capable models available on the market. For some of these … Read more

Can One AV System Support Every Online Meeting Platform?

Enterprise web conferencing or online meeting software platforms are flooding the market. You’ve probably used more than one of them — JoinMe, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Skype for Business, WebEx, BlueJeans, Zoom — and you’ll probably see a new one next month. The relative ease of deployment of software in comparison to traditional conferencing hardware has helped … Read more