All or nothing doesn't necessarily cut it in integrated systems. Now, end-users can integrate all or some of their building management and security functions-letting the level of integration fit the facility.
The debate Between wireless and wired networks continues, but the dialogue is changing. Though wireless has been an overly hyped technology, it is a significant service option to both consumers and businesses.
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.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is used to track, identify and record people and objects. First introduced during the 1970s, the technology has evolved as new uses are discovered. But it was Wal-Mart's announcement in summer 2003 that pushed RFID into the spotlight.
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.
“Trusted computing” (TC) is another modern commercial computer tool. Just what does that mean? The dictionary presented definitions such as “have faith in,” “rely on,” “have confidence in” and “count on.” The concept and need for “trusted” computing started with our own federal government.
If you blink, you may miss something. That's how fast the closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance market is moving these days. But capturing surveillance activities is something CCTV cameras won't miss.
There's a growing urgency in the development of “green” or “smart” building, and learning to install its energy infrastructure-which is called integrated building systems (IBS) and involves tying together HVAC, electrical, security, lighting and fire alarm systems-could well be a boon to contractors
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.
It took just minutes for the 2003 nightmare at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., to reach its climax. The blaze was Rhode Island's most devastating fire in decades and the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.
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.
In August 2004, Northeast financial sectors were alerted to possible terrorist activities focused on five specific buildings and areas: the International Monetary Fund and World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C.; the New York Stock Exchange and Citigroup Center in New York; and the Prudential Fi
How about this: Under IEEE Standard 803.2af, power can be run via datacomm cable. It's called “Power over Ethernet” (PoE). For many electrical contractors, PoE could turn out to be the greatest development in world history. But wait: Maybe it's not all that remarkable.