Various school shootings and natural disasters have thrust mass notification systems (MNS) into the spotlight. Such tragedies have pointed out the need to further examine systems and how they can be enhanced.
Internet protocol (IP), the hottest trend in integrated building systems, is attracting interest because any computer with an Internet connection can talk to any building system that runs a digital addressable IP network.
A security system's alarm control panel is similar to a central processing unit in a common computer system. It typically contains a motherboard with a set of screw terminals, one or more plug-in input/output bus connections, and accommodations for additional peripheral devices.
The great thing about managing demand is the same strategies that reduce an electric bill by shaving demand peaks will enable a customer to develop control strategies to reduce his or her total electricity usage.
Real-world experiments to reduce electricity costs by automatically reducing peak demand provide information that can be used to convince end-users these measures lead to significant monetary savings.
Building owners and electrical contra should be paying careful attention to creative solutions to reduce the high costs of electricity consumed by large buildings and building campuses. Solutions are out there and can be found with a little digging. One strategy is to reduce peak demand.
Unwanted alarm drops are a nuisance, and police departments across the nation are working toward a solution. Alarm companies and equipment manufacturers also are working to reduce or eliminate false alarms in a variety of ways.
Many electrical contractors are finding additional revenue with the introduction of green technology. My definition of greening is taking whatever steps are necessary to reduce the energy consumed by a building or complex.
True building integration means finding commonalities between building systems and using the appropriate communication protocols to program them. This provides cooperative sequences of operations that offer increased value to the building owner.
According to data from Connected Nation, state, local and national leaders must focus more attention on the consumer side of America’s broadband challenge. The nonprofit organization expands access to and use of the Internet and organization related technologies. U.S. Rep.
Beyond the bones and bloodlines of electrical installations—the cable, conduit, relays, panel boards and the more sophisticated building automation controls—are the brains, the programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
Networked video is a huge success in the marketplace. Fiber optic cabling has allowed the widespread distribution of this valuable tool for security and control functions. There is much money to be made in video.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee is teaming up with five nearby counties to buy a network of portable video surveillance cameras to keep an eye on crowds at big public events. Milwaukee and the five counties will share in the possession and operation of the cameras.
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