Imagine a home where security cameras can distinguish between a dog, person and car and then alert you on your smartphone. Or, envision cameras in your refrigerator that enable you to check food inventory while grocery shopping.
The market for electronic access control continues to grow. It’s a sign of an ongoing upturn in future specifications. A big opportunity resides in one- to 10-door systems because these openings still may have traditional mechanical locks.
The family home. It might be an apartment, a condo, a townhouse or a detached, single-family home. Or a mansion. We don’t know your life, but most of us live somewhere with lights, appliances and a TV (or two), and someone has to keep all of that functioning.
Demand for skilled electricians is growing. The industry is looking for traditional electrical installation abilities as well as advanced expertise in controls programming, networking and systems integration.
We never have enough time in our daily lives, but do you ever stop to think about where you want to be in the future? Strategic planning is important for personal and corporate growth. It will help you determine the types of training programs you and your staff need to meet your goals.
Young Electric Co. in San Francisco has been in business since 1977. It created a separate division, Young Communications, in 1995 to support client needs related to today’s advanced data communication networks.
We all know fire protection is a lot more than a fire alarm or a sprinkler system. In many buildings, the fire alarm is integrated with other systems for the purpose of making the building safer. Who ensures all of the systems perform together properly?
Utility companies have driven smart-meter installation in homes. Now, touting the amount of useful data smart meters can provide, utilities and building owners are setting their sights on commercial and industrial buildings through submetering.
In my last article, I wrote about the significant changes to the 2016 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. One change that I did not bring up is to the NFPA process. In 2016, the “change lines” in the columns next to revised or new text will no longer be there.
It has been another monumental and transitional year for physical security systems. For low-voltage contractors specifying security, the breadth of products has changed, and solutions-deployment methods have evolved even more.
Comtel Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been in business since 1982. It employs about 100 people and does virtually all types of low-voltage work. Comtel tends to specialize in physical security (access control, data surveillance, alarms), nurse call and public address.
At one time, a toolbox was just a metal box. Then, plastic and composite materials came along. Whatever the material, it remained a box, perhaps with a pull-out tray to hold smaller items. But what about portable containers for accessories and supplies?