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Post-Corona IBT: TEN TECHNOLOGIES TO CONSIDER WHILE WE WAIT IT OUT
— by Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C & John Cook CTS

In the post-coronavirus era, Owners, Architects, and Interior Designers are asking, What will people need to have confidence to be working alongside other people again? And what can we be doing now to make buildings cooperate – intelligently – with humans in new ways to maintain our health?

Technologists may have some answers for this conundrum, using many of the […]

LEVERAGING BIG DATA INTO BIG ENERGY EFFICIENCY — By Ben Heraud and Andrew J. Milne, Ph.D.

A recent study at UC Davis showed that during down times at the university (evenings, weekends, holidays), 33% of the energy consumption was from AV systems. As campuses pay increasing attention to the way that data can be collected and analyzed to transform operations across the varied activities of their institutions, new opportunities are emerging to maximize the efficiency […]

DAVID GLENN DELIVERS HEALTHCARE KEYNOTE JULY 8, 2020

PRESENTION FOCUSES ON HEALTHCARE TRENDS & AUDIOVISUAL TECHNOLOGIES

Principal Consultant David K. Glenn CTS-D, RCDD will be keynote speaker for the SYNNEX VISUALSolv Healthcare Day on Wednesday, July 8. His presentation on “Healthcare Trends and How it Relates to the World of AV” will be available online at 11am ET.

The first-ever SYNNEX VISUALSolv LAVNCH day will deep dive into the […]

FOR BETTER OR WORSE: Reentering Society Amid COVID-19. How Technology Might Shape Human Interactions —by Joe Bocchiaro III, PhD, CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C

This Medium is the Message

One of the most beloved, seminal works of film noir from 1956 is Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This original version, in black-and-white Superscope, is studied by film, sociology and political-science students alike. Sixty-four years later, it rings prescient in the era of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Although the film ostensibly has a sci-fi alien-invasion […]

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: DISRUPTION…OR TRANSFORMATION? — by Senior Systems Designer Travis Seibel CTS-D

Over the past decades, technology disruptions have changed the way we work, live and interact. A common factor is the disrupting technology was tangible: personal computer, mobile phone, MP3 player, smartphone, virtual assistants. All these solutions were bought at a store, unboxed, connected and activated.

The next “disruption” will be a culmination of all the preceding disruptors. It will not […]

CREATING A CULTURE WITHOUT WALLS (COVID-19 Edition) — by Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA

Corporate culture makes all the difference. A strong culture — supportive, innovative, customer-focused — almost always reflects a strong brand. As most organizations struggle with the impact of COVID-19, those focused on agile, adaptive measures to keep employees connected, informed, collaborating, and confident will be stronger as an outcome. While it is likely that we will all return to […]

A BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE: Developing a Sextant Technology Plan —by Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA

sextant /’sɛk stənt/ noun

an astronomical instrument used to determine latitude and longitude at sea by measuring angular distances, especially the altitudes of sun, moon, and starsa navigational instrument used to align known and unknown elements to determine a course for the future

Organizations can plan for known technologies, but how does one plan for technologies that don’t exist yet, or are […]

Beyond Code: DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEMS ARE CRITICAL TO BUILDING OPERATIONS — by David Glenn RCDD, CTS-D, LEED AP BD+C

The importance of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) to facility operations cannot be overstated. Even among some professionals, incorrect terminology and questions abound about DAS. The topic mainly comes up during initial scope discussions for qualifications and proposals for new construction or major renovation projects, but it may be re-visited any time during a project – and hopefully before construction […]

THE FUTURE OF MEDICAL SIMULATION— by Ed “Duke” Dukstein CTS-D

Many of the recent and current MedSIM design projects that have engaged Sextant Group / NV5 Engineering & Technology have included in the program at least one virtual reality room. When we ask owners what it is that they want to do in these rooms, the answer has almost always been, “We don’t know — but we do know […]

5×5: FIVE EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL RESHAPE YOUR CAMPUS IN FIVE YEARS by Craig Park & John Cook

This article first appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of APPA’s Facility Manager magazine.

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”—Yogi Berra

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”—Satchel Paige

As two of baseball’s preeminent philosophers once noted,
change is inevitable, and sometimes a little scary. However, adapting to change
is always strategic, and never more so than when […]