Occupancy Measurement Enables Digital Workplace Management

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought strong demand for occupancy measurement systems — an emerging technology that, prior to the pandemic, seemed limited by privacy concerns. Privacy is a legitimate concern and one that calls for careful governance. Furthermore, as the concern may relate more to the perception of these systems, it calls for transparent communication and … Read more

Building Within an Existing Hospital: Integrating Technology Systems

This article is co-authored by Mark Latz. When a healthcare provider adds a new building to an existing hospital, integrating the new building’s technology systems with the existing buildings’ systems presents a complex set of challenges, decisions, and sequences. The systems that must be integrated can include nurse call, security, distributed antenna (DAS), Wi-Fi, data network, … Read more

Round Table Q&A: Telecom Design for Hyperscale Data Centers

TEECOM engineers participated in a round table Q&A addressing the complexity of telecom design for hyperscale data centers. Participants Alex Cardiasmenos, PE, RCDD, CDT, DCDC – Associate Principal Casey Wittkop, PE, RCDD – Principal Consultant Darrel Scobie, PRINCE2, BICSI Technician, CDCDP – Associate Principal John Pedro, RCDD, CDT – Principal Consultant Mike Candler, DCDC, CDT, RCDD, … Read more

How Will 5G Impact Indoor Wireless Systems?

The wireless world loves its acronyms: 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Private LTE (CBRS) — the list goes on. Building owners and developers are increasingly confused about what it all means, particularly with regard to 5G. From the marketing claims that 5G will revolutionize the world, to the conspiracy theories that it’s harmful to people, there is a … Read more

Technology Consultant Versus MEPT: Which is the Better Value?

Many sizable MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) firms offer technology consulting as part of an “MEPT” (MEP+Technology) practice. Within a combined scope of services from an MEPT firm, the cost for technology consulting appears lower than from a technology consultant like TEECOM. MEPTs will often claim a client is getting the same service at a lower price … Read more

More Essential Than Ever: Occupancy Data for Safer, Better Buildings

Two years ago, we identified occupancy measurement systems as an emerging technology that we believed would become a standard, indispensable feature of commercial real estate. While some organizations remain wary due to privacy concerns, which are legitimate, we believe these issues can be managed and the value that real-time space utilization data provides to real estate … Read more

Thoughts on Current Events

I am disgusted with the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other Black people who go unmentioned or receive little attention. This weekend, a former high-school classmate of mine, Patrick Underwood, was shot and killed during the protests as he stood guard at the Federal Buildings in Oakland. Each of these murders … Read more

How Can Technology Help Higher Education Recover from COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting higher education under a level of pressure that could prove comparable to what retail has faced in recent years. Some of the biggest questions for institutions right now include, ‘how can we safely bring students back to campus?’ and ‘how can we improve the distance learning experience?’ Here we’ll briefly touch … Read more

Interview With Blair Parkin on his Transition from TEECOM to the Eden Project

During his four years at TEECOM as a Principal, Executive Vice President, leader of the firm’s UK office, and leader of the international TEECOMadvance team, Blair Parkin has taught us a lot about how a creative approach to technology design can support amazing cultural experiences and groundbreaking levels of environmental performance. This month he leaves TEECOM … Read more

Earth Day 50: Unusual Circumstances, Potential Opportunities

Happy 50th Earth Day! There has never been a more urgent time to address the manmade environmental challenges that threaten human civilization and countless other species on this planet. In previous years, TEECOM has organized events in the Oakland community in which other AEC firms and community groups came together to plant trees or pick up … Read more