The data center market continues to grow, and there are ample opportunities for electrical work within a data center. One of the obvious and ongoing concerns within a data center is heat, which greatly affects a data center’s operations and energy costs.
A perfect storm is heading for the building industry. Energy prices continue to rise due to worldwide demand that increases both the cost of construction and building operation for owners and developers.
Visitors to Walt Disney World, whether veterans or first-timers, have their fingerprints scanned as a security precaution upon entry. Some worried visitor’s faces indicate how fearful so many of us have become about our personal and private information.
There are an estimated 17,500 museums in the United States. Approximately 21 percent are small museums with operating budgets of $150,000 or less, and 9 percent are large museums with operating budgets of $9 million or more.
Based on my visit to ISC West 2008, I have the impression that security is one of the fastest growing areas of integrated building systems. While the general construction industry marketplace may have slowed in the past year, security demand has maintained a steady growth since Sept. 11, 2001.
According to Security Systems News, IMS Research, a UK-based supplier of market research and consultancy services on a broad range of global electronics markets, is changing its earlier predictions regarding the expansion of the network video surveillance market in the United States, due to the coun
Licensing for integrated building systems (IBS) work is a pretty confusing subject—not too surprising for a field experiencing rapid expansion and change. In fact, the very idea of something called integrated building systems is new.
While fire alarms can be integrated with other building systems, they are tightly governed by codes and standards, such as NFPA 72, NFPA 70, UL864, etc., since these systems directly affect life safety.
I was planning to continue writing my IBS columns on how to integrate the various building technologies, but my visit to this year’s LightCongress in New York exposed me to so many good ideas that I just have to talk about them. I’ll get back to my plan next month.
Compliance mandates—coupled with the general transition from paper-based systems to electronic records and the management of such—have increased the need for better networking and improved storage systems.
Biometrics is one of the fastest growing technologies in the access control industry. Advances in data processing, systems integration, biometric technology and smart card manufacturing makes identifying people much easier.
False alarms take up a good bit of police and fire department resources. Low-voltage specialty companies have long struggled with this issue, as local law enforcement and fire departments have decidedly cracked down on those with chronic false trips.
The integrated building system (IBS) concept, sometimes known as building automation, has presented the designer and the electrical contractor with more complex challenges than traditional individual systems did.
For those electrical contractors incorporating systems integration into their skill sets, many questions and strategies for doing so may appear. Consider this as a general guide to the basic elements of integrating a system.