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.

To the Meet-Me Room and Back: The Most Important Room in Your Data Center

First, let’s answer your question: What is a meet-me room? And why do we call it something that sounds like a commercial office space where your boss is likely to deliver unwelcome news? The “me” suggests you’re meeting an actual person for an intense discussion about why the monthly forecast is falling behind the required revenue stream. In … 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

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

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

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

InfoComm 2016: Trends in System Designs

The heat of the June Las Vegas sun beat down on the 38,833 attendees of InfoComm, the largest trade show in North America for the professional audiovisual and telecommunications industry. TEECOM was glad to send seven members of our audiovisual group to guide clients around the show floor featuring 1,000 exhibitors, see what new products industry-leading … Read more