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Emerging Trends in Security & Access Control — by Scott Ondik PE, CPP, Systems Designer

As mobile device technology continues to advance, so does their extensive use in new security and access control applications and functionality. Our smartphones provide a single, powerful device, which is mobile and connects us to the world in ways previously not imagined. Mobile device applications in the electronic security industry have become much more prevalent in recent years. For […]

UX Rules! How Interactive 3-D Reality Systems Enhance Client Engagement — By Craig Park FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, with Terry Caywood CPSM

User experience (UX) design is the next “new thing” in professional services. From marketing to projects, client-facing experiential-design thinking is changing the ways firms position, promote, sell, and deliver their services. Today, using advanced 3-D visualization technologies—drawing on more than two decades of some of Silicon Valley’s technology company best practices—the A/E/C industries are catching up fast, showing clients […]

Overcoming the Seven Smart Building Hurdles: The Human Factor in Intelligent Building Technology — by Joseph Bocchiaro III Ph.D., CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C

“Look! Up in the cable tray! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! NO! It’s the Intelligent Building Technology Project Manager!”

You don’t need to call Superman to overcome the hurdles to create an intelligent building, but the work does begin and end with people. Yes, throughout projects there is a tremendous amount of technology involved — from design through integration […]

Technology and The Evolving Sports Experience — by Mark Gillis CTS-D, Principal Consultant

With insightful commentary, dozens of camera angles for replay of every critical event and affordable hyper-real 4k televisions, TV gives the sports fan an “up close and personal” viewing experience. Why would anyone leave the comfort of his or her own living room to attend a live sporting event?

This question is driving sport franchises (and the architects and engineers […]

Healthcare Tech Trends — by David Glenn RCDD, CTS-D, LEED AP BD+C, Systems Designer

From augmented reality to artificial intelligence, modern communications technologies are transforming every facet of the healing experience. And as the Millennial population continues to grow, how will healthcare delivery evolve to keep up with the technology-centric patients of the future?

At the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition, leaders focused on ten key healthcare […]

July 31st, 2017|Healthcare, Knowledge|

Smart Building Design: An Interview with J.P. Bonin

The Sextant Group’s Intelligent Buildings Technologies Practice Leader

What is a Smart/Intelligent Building?
A “smart” or “intelligent” building can and should have different meanings for the various stakeholders who are tied to a building’s ecosystem. A common misconception is that a “smart” building simply has to do with creating energy efficiency and/or the Building Management Systems (BMS) being commissioned properly […]

July 31st, 2017|Knowledge|

PCHS: A New Home for Healthcare Education

by Aaron Barber CTS, Senior Consultant

A long time ago, in a community far, far away (Lancaster PA)…I had lofty dreams to become a concert-pianist doctor.

As dreams go for a little skate-punk kid growing up in a bucolic Pennsylvania town in the mid-80’s, I don’t think this was too lofty a goal, and frankly at the time, it actually […]

July 18th, 2017|Healthcare, Knowledge|

Top Trends in Library Design

by Project Consultant Christopher Foster CTS and Senior Consultant Jim Viviano CTS

Norfolk’s Slover Library. Santa Clara Library for the 21st Century. The iconic game-changing James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University. Wherever you look, emerging technologies in colleges and universities around the world are transforming the way faculty teach and students learn by creating innovative, collaborative environments […]

Rethinking Technology for Higher Education

by Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Improving learning outcomes is the new mantra on higher education campuses. Positioning a young, motivated, intelligent, and globally informed cohort of Millennial and Z-gen students for success in a workplace of the future is their goal. Learning spaces of all types are being designed to support peer-to-peer, collaborative, experiential, […]

May 2nd, 2017|Knowledge|

A Case for Technology

by Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

AIA Atlanta published Craig Park’s article, “The Architecture of Connection: A Case for Technology in the Practice of the Future” in their 2017 journal Design Equilibrium. In his article, Craig explores an ever growing, ever evolving sea change of technologies that are integral to the future of the design […]

May 1st, 2017|Knowledge|