Three Reasons to Use Smart Power Supplies in Your Project Today

One weekend last winter, the access control system malfunctioned at a company’s satellite offices in a California suburb. The first simple solution, as your IT department will tell you with so many modern technologies, was to reset the system by cycling the power off and on again. Unfortunately, there was no one on site who knew … Read more

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

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