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

Three Ways the AV/IT Convergence Has Changed the Design Profession

In case you haven’t noticed, the internet is eating all the things. Audio and video components in both home and commercial environments are no longer standalone devices. Instead, they are often networked to one another and to the internet. The pro audiovisual industry refers to this as the AV/IT convergence, and it offers many advantages for businesses. … 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 Systems 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

Audiovisual Upgrades Make the California Academy Planetarium Even More Immersive

For a man whose job involves applications of the latest technology, Blair Parkin’s favorite exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences is surprisingly low-tech. It’s a tiny fragment of rock, displayed behind plexiglass, that most people overlook. But as our tour group moves through throngs of meandering school children on a busy Wednesday, Parkin points at … Read more

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 Jason Cummings (JC) was asked this very question by a … Read more

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Real Time Location Systems Boost Healthcare Outcomes

Over the last ten to 15 years there has been a big technology push in the healthcare industry. It started with technology advancements in electronic medical equipment and has evolved into many technologies that are focused on improving patient care, patient recovery times, and staff efficiency. In fact, we have seen the healthcare industry go from … Read more

How to Prepare Your Network for the IoT: A Checklist

Prepping Your Network for the Internet of Things: A Checklist for Owners and Design Providers Did you know that access to cutting-edge technology is the top contributor to job satisfaction? To make sure your workplace network has the speed and security necessary to support the technology your workforce wants, including but not limited to the Internet of Things, … Read more