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 MEP-T: Which is the Better Value?

Many sizable MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) firms offer technology consulting as part of an “MEP-T” (MEP+Technology) practice. Within a combined scope of services from an MEP-T firm, the cost for technology consulting appears lower than from a technology consultant like TEECOM. MEP-Ts 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

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

Technology That Supports a Safe Return to the Office in the Era of COVID-19

As we look toward an eventual return to working in physical offices, many have speculated about what a post-COVID-19 workplace will look like. Will we have a greater proportion of workers engaging remotely? Will we reduce the density of our open offices? Will we remove seats from conference rooms to ensure everyone can sit a safe … Read more

Distance Learning: Tips for the Remote Instructor

The current circumstances differ from the typical distance learning scenario in that everyone, including the instructor, is remote. Best practices for video conferencing apply. Teachers also have to consider how the remote format will affect their teaching style. Platform Security Moving lessons into the virtual world requires thinking about how to balance security and convenience in … Read more

Don’t Forget to Commission Your Technology Systems

Building commissioning (Cx) is a relatively new but now frequently used quality assurance method. Owners typically contract a certified commissioning authority (CxA) to perform independent oversight of engineered systems, ideally through conception, design, procurement, functional testing, acceptance, warranty, and one year of operation. Independent from the design engineer, a CxA flags issues or opportunities for improvement … Read more