Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributed frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR until the end of 2015.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

July 2014
According to the Energy Storage Association, an energy-storage system improves the way electricity is generated, delivered and consumed. It certainly helps during power outages. More important is energy storage’s ability to balance power supply and demand instantaneously, making power networks more resilient, efficient and cleaner.
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July 2014
In April 2014, access control technology and security service provider Matrix Systems Inc., Miamisburg, Ohio, launched a technology division named Frontier. That may not be newsworthy in and of itself, but the creation of Frontier marks a new trend of selling security products through a network of authorized information technology (IT) resellers and electrical contractors.
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  • The changing role of technology

June 2014
The United States’ 114 million households and more than 4.7 million commercial buildings currently account for nearly 40 percent of total U.S. energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In addition, buildings account for 39 percent of U.S. carbon emissions and consume 73 percent of the electricity generation and 55 percent of the natural gas. READ MORE
June 2014
The term integrated electronic security system (ESS) is intended to cover many different types of systems that interact with each other to form a single security solution. It can include a variety of technologies based on a user’s requirements, including access control or facility management systems with integrated video capabilities, or a wide range of other possibilities. READ MORE
  • Powering trends

May 2014
Backup power is typically required for emergency and egress lighting. Emergency power could also be used during evacuation to power systems that help keep building occupants and rescue personnel safe. These systems include ventilation, air handling, pumps, fire systems, telephone systems and automated doors and elevators.
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  • Trends and their drivers

May 2014
Effective lighting is an important part of any security strategy. Even if lighting can’t guarantee safety or prevent disasters, it is a valuable tool that can increase safety in indoor and outdoor applications when used wisely. 
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April 2014
Creating a safe and secure hospital environment that also promotes healing means turning away from traditional options, such as guards with stun guns, and toward technology to meet the ever-multiplying security needs of healthcare facilities.
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  • Positioning

March 2014
About three years ago, security service providers started offering smart security solutions complete with professionally monitored home security services that were enhanced with home automation and energy management capabilities. Consumers were beginning to be able to remotely arm or disarm their security systems and receive event notification through their smartphones or tablets.
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March 2014
After years of low compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) and limited innovation, the home security market is finally evolving with new and affordable security control products, and systems are becoming widely available, according to a November 2013 blog from Amdocs Inc., a software and service provider in St. Louis.
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