EVERY ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR has at one time or another thought about ways to expand his or her business. Sometimes the day-to-day drill of operating a business keeps an electrical contractor from differentiating itself from the competition.
The security and communications boom is upon us Background Study participants totaled 315, of which 261 said they currently are involved in security/life safety and/or communications work. The data was compiled and analyzed by Renaissance Research & Consulting Inc., New York.
Online Gaming Revenues to Triple by 2009 Revenues from US online gaming services will increase from $1,100,000,000 in 2005 to more than $3,500,000,000 in 2009, according to “Networked Gaming: Driving the Future,” a new report from Dallas-based, market research firm Parks Associates.
Ask any electrical contractor—fire alarm installations are on the upswing. Much of the need in the marketplace is driven by codes or the need to update an aging building infrastructure with new fire protection technologies. Your goal, of course, is the all important certificate of occupancy.
Rule number one in any voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) installation is to make sure the network is capable of handling the technology. That may sound obvious, but it is, surprisingly, sometimes overlooked.
It is no secret that voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) has had problems regarding emergency service. Users’ exact locations are not always known, causing 911 calls to be transferred to the incorrect dispatcher. Many users were unaware that when they dialed 911, it would not always work.
Most contractors opt out of networking projects when terms, such as “network security,” “firewall” and “software,” start getting thrown around. But, that may not be the best move to make, as network security is a niche market where contractors could easily profit.
Gi-Fi, shorthand for Gigabit Wi-Fi, 802.11 and wireless Gigabit to the desktop (wGTTD), is the latest and greatest wireless technology hype. The technology would be capable of transmitting high data rates.
On-demand networks are not new. Plug-and-play functionality has been a component of networking solutions for quite some time, because network access is a constant and ever-changing issue affecting most operations.
Live video has come a long way since the early 1990s. Remember the images of reporters filing news reports through the analog-transmitted video feed during the first Gulf War? It was shaky at best. But times and technology have changed and video streams are not even close to what they were then.
'Just in time' used to be the battle cry in security product manufacturing and distribution. Now, it is more than just in time-it is all about arming the contractor with the information they need to boost sales and present the end-user with a product portfolio adeptly suited to the application.