Acceptance testing is a critical part of every audiovisual project. During audiovisual acceptance testing, the AV consultant examines and tests a project’s nearly completed audiovisual systems to ensure that they perform as intended and are installed professionally. Systems that work well but have visible flaws aren’t accepted, and neither are systems that have operational problems, even if they look good.
Sometimes the most challenging aspect of technology design can be getting devices to play together nicely. Case in point: patients checking in to a recently built healthcare facility are provided with an iPad for the duration of their hospital stay. This iPad is pre-loaded with a customized patient schedule, prescribed educational materials (i.e. a smoking cessation … Read more
Stanford Health Care has always incorporated the latest technologies into their healthcare facilities and practices. For the new Stanford Adult Hospital, an IP speaker system was proposed as the next cutting-edge unified communications solution for public address systems. Stanford Health Care engaged TEECOM to review the design for constructibility and cost, and we determined that this IP-based … Read more
Every business, small and large, finds itself wishing for better tools. Sometimes that stems from a desire to make processes more efficient or ensure new levels of data integrity. Other situations require new tools to support new lines of business or allow for better collaboration. At the end of the day, every business will be faced … Read more
As a firm that engineers technology systems that directly impact our clients’ work lives, TEECOM is keenly aware that virtual collaboration is the future. Architects and engineers have been pursuing the dream of a paperless office with passion for a while now, but the industry’s processes around marking up building plans make this a challenge. About … Read more
Of all the challenges that we and our audiovisual services clients confront, project completion may be the most frustrating. It often seems that too much is unfinished, even as the moving van is on its way. Why does this happen, and what can we — all of the project stakeholders — do to minimize it? Late … Read more
Complex building projects incorporate diverse user requirements and need constant management to keep them moving forward. Information technology infrastructure and systems are an increasingly important, and increasingly complicated, part of the equation. IT deployment requires advance planning, milestone checks, a technical understanding of systems integration, and a knowledge of construction processes. When starting a project, it’s best … Read more
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
A mass notification system is a technology that sends one-way emergency alerts and notifications to the public. As we spend more time in unfamiliar built environments, Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC), also known as mass notification systems (MNS), or emergency communications systems (ECS), are more important than ever to help in the event of an emergency. How … Read more
Time and again in my technology consulting career I have found myself using or responding to the term “flexible” to describe a technology, a space, or even an entire facility. It’s one of those catch-all terms, like “collaborative” or “state of the art,” that seems inherently positive. Everyone wants to be flexible. But what do we mean, exactly, by flexibility in design?