Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

Claire Swedberg is a freelance writer based in western Washington. She can be reached at

Articles by Claire Swedberg

October 2009
Casinos are in the process of transitioning their analog security and gaming surveillance systems into digital despite the economic downturn. A large percentage of gaming facilities, from Las Vegas to Atlantic City, N.J., will upgrade their systems in the coming year. READ MORE
September 2009
Museums house valuable items that generally are protected by surveillance. Occasionally, exhibits receive rock star attention in the media and require the best security technology offers. Earlier this year, the traveling “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” drew nearly half a million visitors to the Atlanta Civic Center. READ MORE
September 2009
Some low-voltage contractors relish the chance to get creative and provide unique installations for signature buildings. These showcase projects often are public places, such as museums, which make a statement about the community, the history of an area, or about what can be found inside. READ MORE
June 2009
Despite downturns in construction, demand for low-voltage cabling—including voice, data and video (VDV)—is growing. VDV work, fueled by the interest in energy-efficient buildings, is bread and butter for security and telecom specialists. Integrated building systems (IBS) generally are managed by technology vendors and a handful of specialized electrical contractors. READ MORE
April 2009
Hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare facilities are transitioning to digital. This renovation is necessary to maintain and upgrade data, surveillance and security, often with convergence of all low-voltage systems on one cable infrastructure. READ MORE
March 2009
Three years after Hurricane Rita, while electrical contractors in southern Texas were still repairing and replacing damaged electrical systems, Hurricane Ike surged into Galveston and brought contractors the most work they had seen in decades. Ike made landfall in Galveston on Sept. 13, 2008, bringing more flooding than wind damage. READ MORE
February 2009
On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot during a performance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Since then, the theater has been an active playhouse and museum as well as an abandoned, aging structure. READ MORE
February 2009
The University of Missouri-St Louis and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc. joined forces to construct a facility that links the university with the corporate market. They did it while also gaining LEED status. The facility, being leased by Express Scripts, opened the doors to its new headquarters at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in April 2007. READ MORE
February 2009
Students and faculty members at Louisiana’s Grambling State University may feel more visible, as well as more secure, than those on a typical campus. The forethought of the university’s information technology (IT) staff led to an Internet-protocol-based (IP) campus-wide security system, and now, there are few unsecured areas. READ MORE