Hyperscale Data Centers

Technology Consultants Are Becoming Involved in Hyperscale Data Center Projects Earlier Than Ever

Shaun Barnes CNIDP, CDCDP, CTPM and Tim Kuhlman PE, RCDD, CDT contributed to this article. Technology systems are the backbone of an entire hyperscale data center—not just the core network, but the telecom systems that support the building’s mechanical and electrical systems, the security systems that protect the facility, and the distributed antenna systems (DAS) that … Read more

Security vulnerabilities

Are These Security Vulnerabilities Putting Your Company at Risk?

Companies face many security vulnerabilities from external and internal threats, and some of them can have severe consequences, from financial costs, to loss of life, to disclosure of intellectual property. A data breach is one of the types we hear about most often. The average cost of a data breach for a pharmaceutical company is $5 … Read more

A Successful Project Starts With A Constructible Budget

National and global companies that expand their real estate footprint frequently and follow well-established standards are familiar with the true costs of implementing technology systems. They are willing to spend this money without a second thought. Companies building projects less frequently or for the first time often will not develop a detailed technology budget, presuming that … Read more

When Are Consultants More Beneficial Than Full-Time Staff?

While some Owners choose to engage consultants, others prefer to rely on in-house teams to perform much of the technology design and project management for their building programs. Owners may have had negative experiences with consultants in the past and may believe they can ensure quality by hiring their own staff. They may not want to … Read more

9 Principles of the Digital Workplace Strategy

As we work with companies to identify and address the technology needs associated with their shifts to hybrid working, we have formulated nine principles that should guide a digital workplace strategy. We share them as food for thought for anyone pondering how the digital workplace should work. 1. Empathize With Employees When designing a hybrid workplace, … Read more

How Data Center Security is Evolving Beyond Cameras and Card Readers

Justin King also contributed to this article. Over the past five years, Owners of hyperscale data centers have raised their security standards as they become more aware of the potential risks. Shockingly, multi-million-dollar facilities have been demolished two weeks after completion due to devices being found inside the walls. Security breaches can result in exposure of … Read more

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

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

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