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7 Security Technology Trends for 2014

by Michelle Hofmaster MSSM, CHS-III, Senior Consultant, The Sextant Group

Technology, technology, technology! Security technology has advanced so rapidly, yet many organizations simply do not budget for the security face lift, a.k.a security technology upgrades. Following are 7 Security trends for 2014 that many organizations will be implementing:

Migration Planning – Many video, access control, and intrusion detections systems are antiquated […]

January 15th, 2014|Knowledge, Security, Technology, Trends|

TRUE NORTH | Healthcare Acoustics

by Alexis Kurtz LEEP AP, Project Consultant / Acoustical Consultant, The Sextant Group

Numerous studies confirm that high noise levels in a healthcare setting can have negative implications on patients, staff and visitors. Noise causes sleep disturbances, which in turn have been shown to cause increases in blood pressure and heart rate for patients, as well as have adverse impact […]

TRUE NORTH | The Most Dangerous Job In America: Hospital CIO

By Alan Dash, Senior Consultant, The Sextant Group

Back in the gentler days of Marcus Welby and Dr. Kildare, one doctor or a handful of medical staff would serve as a patient’s primary contact for care, billing and follow-up. Today of course it’s far different – patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes have driven clinical and business processes while concurrently driving […]

TRUE NORTH | Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Interactivity in the Age of Collaboration

by Brian Patrick CTS-D, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

For several years, the only candy my daughter would eat was a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Even after Halloween trick-or-treating, she gave all of her loot to her brothers – except for those coveted cups. But as I write this article, there are still several unopened in my refrigerator. Why? Because […]

TRUE NORTH | Hear and Now: Avoid the Number One Complaint about LEED-certified Buildings

by Alexis Kurtz LEEP AP, Project Consultant / Acoustical Consultant, The Sextant Group

If you design a LEED® Gold building — one that’s built on a restored brownfield site, finished with reclaimed wood, recycled materials, and low VOC paint, one that recycles gray water, offers sufficient daylight and views, and of course, has plenty of bike racks, but is too […]

TRUE NORTH | Healthcare Acoustics: Shhh!

by Greg Coudriet CTS, INCE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Acoustical conditions can profoundly impact the quality of patient care in healthcare facilities. A well-designed hospital will improve patient recovery rates by providing quiet and restful patient rooms that are free from disruptions by rolling carts, paging systems, and other activities in the bustling, 24/7 facility that […]

TRUE NORTH | Technology in Healing Hands

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

Improving care while lowering costs — that is the holistic mission of hospitals across the globe.

Today, innovative technologies are changing the face of the healthcare environment. Hospital facilities everywhere are challenged to be more flexible and efficient to meet rapidly changing patient care and load demands, while facility […]

TRUE NORTH | Lighting For Learning: New Learning Models Challenge Traditional Lighting Methods

by Norman Russell LC, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

If you know that pedagogies and learning environments have significantly changed in the last ten years, go to the head of the class.

That is, if in fact there is a head of the class.

Yes, we all know that learning environments are changing. Rapidly replacing traditional classrooms with fixed instructor-oriented configurations, active […]

TRUE NORTH | Active Learning: Transforms Environments

by Nancy Sturm, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Change is in the air. Universities are rethinking the educational experience, watching technological innovations and building learning spaces that are challenging the traditional teaching methods on campus. Changes in pedagogy, student expectations, campus culture, and corporate competition are resulting in fundamental shifts of mission, culture and process at many institutions. Colleges and […]

TRUE NORTH | Integrating Technology Into Architecture

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

Marshal McLuhan said, “The medium is the message.” More true today than ever, with the increased use of audiovisual, IT, building energy management, and security technologies in commercial and institutional buildings, McLuhan’s words ring true. As a result, architects and interior designers find they are working earlier and more […]