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The Eve of Disruption: The Future of Network-Based AV Systemsby Principal Mark Grassi CTS-D

The audiovisual systems business is undergoing one of the largest transitions it has ever faced — some would even call it a complete disruption to the business as we know it. The good news for those who plan and design facilities where audiovisual communication systems are critical to communication and collaboration is that today systems are easier to control, […]

Renewing the Library into the 21st Century and Beyond: A Guide to Technology Planningby Project Consultant Mary Cook CTS

Say the word “library,” and concepts like collaborative huddle space, interactive public art display, or virtual/augmented reality lab probably don’t immediately spring to mind. But if you haven’t been in a library since your school days, you’re missing out on an opportunity to play in your community’s technology sandbox.

Libraries today are filled with much more than materials, books and […]

Mark Valenti Presents “Higher Education 2025” at Manhattan Education Symposium

Speaking alongside other industry experts, Mark Valenti CTS will present Higher Education 2025 at the CannonDesign and Steelcase Education Symposium. During this day-long event on April 11th, 2018, speakers explore the theme of lifelong learning, technology trends, curriculum design and continuous learning environments.

Mark will discuss changing demographics, economic cycles, pedagogical advancements and an ever-increasing rate of change in technology […]

AIA New York Names Cornell University Upson Hall Renovation 2018 Design Award Winner

AIA New York has announced its 2018 Design Awards, and Cornell University’s Upson Hall Renovation is among the 32 winning projects. Designed by LTL Architects and Perkins + Will, this 134,000 SF project is a renovation of lab, classroom, academic department and office space for the Engineering College.

The Sextant Group provided planning and design services for audiovisual, IT/telecommunications and […]

New Medical Simulation and Entertainment Technologies Expert Daniel Ayers Joins The Sextant Group Kansas City

Daniel Ayers ETCP has joined The Sextant Group as Project Consultant. Based in Kansas City, Dan will work with The Sextant Group’s consultants nationwide to provide audiovisual, information technology, security, acoustics and specialty lighting services.

With a background in higher education, Dan comes to The Sextant Group from the University of Kansas Medical Center where he held the position of […]

February 22nd, 2018|Hospitals, News, Technology|

Lighting Design for the Future By Steven Cooper LC, CLCP, Lighting Designer

LED lighting: just another innovation riding on the shoulders of those that came before, right? Is LED merely a new tool lighting designers can use to illuminate buildings and our environment, like those arc lamps, incandescents, halogens, and fluorescents we are all familiar with?

While it is true that the LED light source is continuing the tradition of advancing […]

Intelligent Building Technology Improves User Experience

Principals Greg Clark, J.P. Bonin and Craig Parks’ white paper “Intelligent Building Technology Improves User Experience” was recently published by IFMA Foundation in the World Workplace Europe Academic and Research Conference Proceedings. The paper is a companion piece to the presentation at the October 2017 IFMA conference in Houston, and appears here in full, courtesy of IFMA.
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January 15th, 2018|Knowledge, Technology|

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 […]

Project Consultant Matt Keene CTS-I Joins The Sextant Group

A technology expert with 20 years of eclectic industry expertise, Matt Keene CTS-I has joined acoustics and technology consultancy The Sextant Group as Project Consultant.

Based in Phoenix, Matt will work closely with firm’s consultants nationwide, providing audiovisual, IT/telecom, security, acoustics and lighting design services for higher education, corporate and healthcare clients. In his new role, he will oversee projects […]

October 24th, 2017|News, Technology|

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 […]