Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.394.6966 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

April 2013
Security system components can be integrated with various technologies including heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); building automation; energy management; information technology (IT); and fire and life safety systems, providing enormous opportunities for electrical contractors.
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March 2013
Home energy management (HEM) continues to be a growing opportunity for electrical contractors. With the increased energy-efficiency concerns of consumers, along with utility energy-efficiency programs in both deregulated and more highly regulated markets, there’s greater demand. According to Pike Research, worldwide users of HEM systems will reach 63 million by 2020.
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March 2013
Biometrics is the use of a physical characteristic—such as fingerprints, retina or iris prints, palm prints, etc.—to identify a person and control access to a system, whether it is a building, car, computer or home. Biometrics is ideal for a home security system because there are no passwords or codes to remember. READ MORE
March 2013
Visitor management systems track the usage of a building or site and are frequently used to complement building security and access control systems. As electronic visitor management systems become more common and powerful, they are taking over many of the functions of access control.
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January 2013
Energy management is emerging as a focal point in construction conversations. Electrical contractors (ECs) need to be aware of the latest trends and understand their role in promoting energy management. They also should know how to expand that role.
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January 2013
Today’s electrical contractor plays an important role on the security team and provides critical talents and skills required to install and service security systems.
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December 2012
With the increased mobility of both people and assets, today’s security needs are different than they were a decade ago. Mobile communications keep people connected to their data and security systems in real-time, while physical security devices are using wireless technology to operate. READ MORE
November 2012
Are you still using spreadsheets and file folders filled with project documents to manage projects and track the incredible volume of details that make up a single job? Perhaps you’ve been using an older construction management software (CMS) application but find that it no longer provides the document and cost control you now need. READ MORE
November 2012
As network technology becomes increasingly important to operate security systems, and affordably priced Internet protocol (IP) cameras and video management systems (VMS) are used more often, system designers and installers, such as electrical contractors, are realizing the need and efficiency of using power over Ethernet (PoE). READ MORE

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