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.
There is an all-electric house in Tennessee that costs 82 cents a day to heat, cool and power. Built in November 2002 by Habitat for Humanity, it is one of four homes under the “Near-Zero-Energy House” name.
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.
Two trends are converging for electrical contractors that offer lucrative opportunities—building owners are increasingly investing in intelligent building technology while, on the other hand, they are contracting out for building maintenance once done by company employees.
Access control is nothing new. Locks on doors and windows are a rudimentary form of shutting people out. While not the most effective means of control, plenty of facilities use it as their only means of security. ID cards are nothing new either.
The swift pace of integration is nowhere more profound than in the communications and information technology (IT) sectors. Access-control systems talk to closed-circuit television surveillance and door hardware for instant egress.
ZigBee-it sounds like a new toy or Disney character, but it is actually a technology that is helping to, once again, reshape wireless networking. ZigBee is a protocol known as the IEEE 802.15.4 Standard.
For an easy-to-understand overview of pervasive networking, we turned to Chris Nicoll, director of strategic marketing for Lucent Technologies: “In a broader sense, we see pervasive networking as the ability to communicate and access the same types of services-anytime, anywhere.
Just when those hungry for bandwidth thought they had struck gold with Wi-Fi, along comes something else to further the wireless revolution. WiMAX-Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access Forum-or WirelessMAN, is bound by the IEEE 802.16 standard.
Using prefabricated and preassembled electrical components often can bring substantial cost savings, especially on large projects such as hotels and hospitals that have a large number of identical layouts.
Modern technology makes it possible that whatever is detected can be electronically reported, and whatever is reported can be remotely monitored, and whatever is remotely monitored can be remotely controlled.
The site is part of Chicago history. Former retail giant Montgomery Ward's rise to greatness and eventual demise all took place at the company's former location on the western edge of downtown Chicago.
Another selling point for the cable industry Warranties. They are both frustrating and appreciated. Warranties are those intangible benefits that consumers look for prior to making a large purchase. Who has not taken the warranty into consideration before buying a car, a freezer, even a house?
The next generation of hotel security and lock systems will depend on two features—ease of access for the guest and ease of control for the hotel. As a result, there are some subtle shifts in the market that will change how electrical contractors do business.
On the scene to protect vital data for hotels, casinos and more Intrusion detection systems (IDS) are some of the new kids on the secured-computing block. While these network-based systems are on the rise, they are still misunderstood and not used nearly enough.