School security is changing as fast as it is growing, and electrical contractors who don’t educate themselves in the latest digital video recording and imaging equipment stand likely to lose out on a lucrative market.
When Boeing Integrated Defense Systems was awarded the mammoth project of providing all the nation’s airports with baggage explosives screening equipment by the end of 2002, it sought partners in small and minority enterprises.
For many people, a trip to the airport is the most potent reminder of terror in our new age of heightened security. We wait in long lines to be X-rayed and metal-detected. We see guards everywhere, often accompanied by dogs.
Top-of-the-line detection is everywhere Convention centers, museums, federal buildings, airports, high rises, casinos and a host of other public venues have spent the last few years either updating and improving their physical security or starting from scratch with newly installed systems.
End-users can monitor events and plan responses Standard “tools” in current security and low-voltage equipment and peripherals allow installing contractors to more accurately pinpoint events so the end-user can plan an appropriate response.
We’re not at Hollywood levels yet, but the new technology is amazing Anyone see the remake of Ocean’s 11? The cocky, clever thieves tap into the surveillance system of a Vegas casino, replacing the real-time images with prerecorded segments in efforts to pull off a heist.
Teams and personal service win out One of the most intriguing aspects of the 9/11 events, from a management perspective, may have to be the renewed interest in partnerships and the trust factor associated with them.
Enter the National Cyber Alert System One of the newest “systems” on the government block is the early warning system that alerts those in the know to potential Internet risks. It is not only timely, but also much needed.
Power quality problems lurk Stories about an increase in productivity in the commercial and industrial worlds attributed heavily to the growth in information technology (IT) equipment. In fact, this number has been put at $46 billion for the 2003 fiscal year.
New opportunities for ECs continue to emerge in the government market Opportunities abound in the government sector for the knowledgeable and persistent contractor. Most contractors avoid bidding on government projects because they are often complicated and laden with paperwork and procedures.
Risks include hackers, jamming and more The popularity of wireless networking continues to grow for both businesses and individuals. Wireless networking allows people to obtain data and share information anywhere there is a wireless access point without being tethered to the wired network.
In March 2001, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to a pre-qualified list of design-build general contractors to manage the construction project for a new federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The 598,000-square-foot U.S.
Electrical contractors have had their appetites whet. They see promise in a host of voice/data/video and integrated systems and are approaching the market with a newfound sense of excitement regarding turnkey solution contracting.