Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

May 2014
After years of success in improving lineworker safety, the electrical industry’s work isn’t finished yet. In the past decade, the job of lineworkers—still considered the industry’s riskiest work—has become dramatically safer. READ MORE
April 2014
Economic improvement and rising demand for energy efficiency is boosting the market for structured cabling in building automation systems (BASs). Vendors and market analysts are preparing for large-scale growth. Integrated systems contractors can expect a surge in new installations and renovations consisting of low-voltage cabling to accommodate more bandwidth than ever. READ MORE
  • Chicago's historic Palmer House Hilton is the nation's longest continuously operating hotel.
February 2014
Renovations play a critical role in the long-term, strategic planning of single and chain hotel properties nationally. Upgrades and rebuilds not only extend the life of a hotel property, but they also can boost image, competitiveness and efficiency. More than other industries, most hospitality properties schedule a consistent cycle of improvement projects. READ MORE
February 2014
For low-voltage contractors, keeping up with the technological changes in the voice/data/video industry means continuing education is necessary. To gain or hold a piece of the evolving market, contractors must focus on all areas of the industry—general technical know-how, business training, manufacturer certification programs and the latest technological innovations.
  • A section of the tunnel from the back of the TBM
January 2014
The city of Columbus, Ohio, has a problem. For years, untreated wastewater has overflowed from its taxed sewer system during periods of heavy, prolonged rainfall. To combat this, the city’s Department of Public Utilities is undertaking a mammoth project to create a cleaner, healthier city. READ MORE
December 2013
 Fixture by fixture, lighting in American cities is transitioning from the traditional metal halide domain to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), not only on city streets, but also in landscaping and commercial building settings. READ MORE
December 2013
Cameras aimed at customers moving through store aisles can provide a lot more than security. Retailers have become technically savvy and hungry for data about their customers’ behavior and habits, which is information that, until now, has given online retailers an edge. Technology companies are offering hardware and packaged solutions that put both security and analytics on the same camera. READ MORE
October 2013
Despite years of forecasting the future of low-voltage installations, the use of tablets and smartphones still took the market by surprise. While the industry was gearing up to meet the need for Cat 5 and Cat 5e cable to bring the Internet into people’s homes and operate computers and TVs, the gadgets that most Americans carry in their hands changed the playing field. READ MORE
September 2013
Global pharmaceutical Merck is using the power of the sun, with some help from federal stimulus money, to raise the green level of its facilities; the most recent of which is at its Upper Gwynedd, Pa., complex. Completed in 2011, the array of solar panels provide enough power to reduce that office complex's energy consumption by about 14 percent. READ MORE