Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.610.7164 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

December 2014
Over the last decade, the retail
 security market has undergone shifts in both approach and technology. The number of decision-­makers coming from the loss-­prevention side of the business is dwindling, and analog cameras are reaching the end of life, meaning the need for live operators is declining as well. READ MORE
November 2014
Constant advances in software and the pressing need to save money and improve operational efficiencies mean electrical contractors must frequently revisit the question of whether to upgrade their fleet, service and time-management software systems.
November 2014
Historically, security system installations have only mandated acceptance testing as the last requirement for a project to be deemed completed. However, acceptance testing may not really ensure that the entire system is functioning property; it does not involve activities such as incident simulations and adjusting the system’s programming to account for results. READ MORE
November 2014
Energy costs and potential energy shortages are increasingly driving commercial building and industrial facility owners to find ways to use less energy for the same level of activity. READ MORE
October 2014
The advertisements bombard us constantly. On television, on websites, in your inbox, all with the same message: everyone else is using technology that integrates security systems with home automation and enables remote control of the whole house with smart devices. Why aren’t you doing this too?
September 2014
Data centers are energy hogs. They can consume up to 100 times more energy than a standard office building, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). They eat so much power that their energy consumption doubled from 2000 to 2006, reaching more than 60 billion kilowatt-hours per year. READ MORE
September 2014
Invented in the 1980s at Eastman Kodak, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are composed of a layer of organic material situated between an anode and a cathode and deposited on a substrate. When voltage is applied to the OLED cell, the injected positive and negative charges recombine in the missive layer and create electroluminescent light. READ MORE
  • What PIAM does

September 2014
It is becoming increasingly complicated to manage both the physical and digital access security needs of corporate, institutional and government facilities. READ MORE
  • And Assets

August 2014
Recently, there has been a rise in the use of prefabrication and modular construction methods, even though both have been used in the construction industry for centuries. After falling out of popularity, it is re-emerging thanks to the rise of building information modeling (BIM) and the influence of green building, according to McGraw-
Hill Construction. READ MORE