Finding the Middle Ground AV Technology for the New Office Space

It’s hard to believe that we’re midway through the second year of this global COVID-19 pandemic. It’s safe to say there are and will continue to be many unknowns because of this pandemic. It has changed the way we do business, the way we work as individuals and teams, the way we manage our families and home life. Let’s be honest, it has changed a lot.

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An investment-grade audit is the first step toward answering that question. An audit gathers information about all aspects of your facility, including the age of current systems and what components or procedures are lacking. A comprehensive audit lays the groundwork for an improvement plan and identifies retrofit opportunities to save money and energy and improve efficiencies.

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It’s that time of year when Government Services Administration (GSA) schedules are in the spotlight. Many federal agencies use these schedules to access discounted products and services that will streamline the federal procurement process. This contract vehicle is particularly important during federal year-end buying season. Every year, agencies scramble to spend their remaining budgets by the September 30 deadline or else lose their funds.

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According to OSHA, the number of worker deaths and injuries has decreased by over 60% since the organization’s creation in 1971. This sounds like a resounding success, right? Unfortunately, despite the improvements to worker health and safety that have been made by OSHA, over 5,000 people still die at work every year, with another 3.6 million people suffering a severe work-related injury.

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Understanding the importance of utility grade infrastructure for commercial buildings The Transformation of Commercial Buildings Commercial buildings are on the front lines of rapid technology evolution. The imminent arrival of 5G and the estimated 30 billion connected devices that the Internet of Things (IoT) will enable in the next few years, as well as the presently unknown innovations and inventions that will place additional demands on bandwidth, are all driving transformation in buildings and businesses.

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For maintenance, repair, and operations managers, trying to manage all necessary system maintenance while also eliminating unplanned interruptions can be challenging. Traditional means of maintenance management such as work requests via phone, email, or even word of mouth can be inefficient even for the most skilled MRO managers.

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State, Local Government and Education fiscal year end is upon us ending on June 30th. There are three things to consider as you navigate fiscal year end spend season those being category management, product category reach and the benefits of using contract vehicles.

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In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), there’s a lot of terminology floating around that has a nebulous definition that seems to adjust based on the audience. Some terms are even used interchangeably, and wrongfully so.

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For the first time ever, WESCO’s annual Government Partner Network (GPN) Summit was held virtually. The event took place in October 2020, and it provided a venue for collaboration between suppliers, GPN partners, and members of our Commercial, Institutional, and Government (CIG) team. During a three-week period from October 20-November 6, WESCO hosted educational sessions presented by Axis Communications, the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP), and industry subject matter experts. In addition, our partner firms had the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one meetings with WESCO's Government Leadership team.

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In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), there’s a lot of terminology floating around that has a nebulous definition that seems to adjust based on the audience. Some terms are even used interchangeably, and wrongfully so.

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Article was originally published on July 19, 2017, and updated for accuracy and relevance. Electrical workers face many dangers on the job, but few (if any) are more devastating than an arc flash. This electrical release of energy can be hotter than the surface of the sun, producing an explosion with the force of eight sticks of dynamite.

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With parking garages, lighting is one of the most critical components of safety and security. When designing a new parking garage or retrofitting an existing one, it’s important to provide the right amount of lighting not only for the entrance and interior but also for the stairwells, top deck, and exterior.

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Fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks are here… sort of. Major carriers have begun deploying 5G infrastructure that will ultimately bring incredible enhancements to the download and upload speeds we all now enjoy on remote devices, laptops, cell phones, or tablets. While these enhancements won’t happen overnight, the network deployment process is happening now.

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When it comes to data communications, one of the most critical infrastructure elements is the uninterruptible power supply (UPS), especially when it comes to distributed IT, data centers, or network closets.

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Designing a control panel for your machine requires more planning than you might think. The sooner you make informed decisions, the better your product will be for your application and end-users.

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The “Internet of Things” has evolved from buzzword status to mainstream reality, but not without its challenges.

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Although the modern mining industry has always been well regulated in terms of safety, what has been evident is the increased tolerance and acceptability of sub-standard and hazardous lighting systems being used in underground mining. 

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Article originally published Sept 20, 2016, and updated for accuracy and relevance. There are a lot of variables when it comes to a student’s success in college. Good study habits, passionate teachers, and valuable campus resources all contribute to a positive college experience. But one aspect of campus life that touches students’ lives every day is often overlooked. Believe it or not, a big determinant of campus success is lighting.

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In circumstances that call for temporary power, the long-standing approach has been to cobble together an electrical system using whatever extension cords and portable power supplies may be on hand.

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At one point or another, we’ve all had the unfortunate experience of someone running the hot water tap during our shower. Imagine that same running shower competing with three or four toilets, sinks, washing machines and spigots. That is essentially what we put our networks through today — whenever demand exceeds supply, someone gets left in the cold.  

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Efficiency on a lighting project is critical to profitability. Contractors seek ways to save time and money — particularly on labor costs — to ensure maximum profitability from every job. While lighting installations come with their own set of challenges, properly managing material can save time and ultimately increase job profitability.

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2017 marked the ten year anniversary of the ratification of the Category 6A standard. At the time of its introduction, the industry hailed Category 6A cable as the future-proof standard for supporting 10GBase-T. However Category 6A has only taken off within the last few years, growing 20%+ annually. There are many reasons adoption took so long.

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To continue being successful in today’s competitive world, companies must seek out and implement the latest technologies and software available. With a growing need to run safer, more efficient operations, the mining industry in particular has a lot to gain by leveraging Digital Transformation technologies. Thanks to real-time connectivity delivering actionable data about people, processes and things, the mine of today has transformed.

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At temperatures up to 27 million degrees Fahrenheit, the sun is capable of producing large amounts of energy that can be harvested and modified into usable energy for residential and commercial use. Solar energy is reliable and easy to obtain, making it attractive to numerous businesses globally.

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Security team professionals are all too familiar with the task of keeping up with developing technology and improved solutions for campus protection. Frequent, rapid changes make it critical for security management not only to stay abreast of these new technologies, but understand the difference between passing trends and multi-layered security solutions that add value and strengthen a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Plan (RVAP).  

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When you are approached with an idea for an automation project presenting challenges too great for your business to tackle with internal resources alone, how do you implement your plan in a way that successfully grows your business? Whether the challenges lie in lack of budget, internal expertise or both, a partnership with an automation systems integrator creates an opportunity for you to successfully grow your business.

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We have all witnessed the increasing pace of technological evolution and the resulting opportunities that evolution creates. Finding ways to leverage those opportunities in the connected real estate market is what “smart” buildings are all about. While the concept of a smart building – or an environment that dynamically responds and adjusts to the occupant’s needs – has existed for many years, the technology needed to make them practical arrived at a slower pace. That has changed drastically in recent years as new smart systems, applications and sensors have flooded the home improvement market. But what about the commercial space? How can we get the same level of performance from our office buildings that we get at home?

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Network infrastructure pros are well aware of the revolution happening inside the walls and ceilings of modern buildings and they know what is driving it. It’s the advent of intelligent buildings where virtually every device is connected to network cabling infrastructure allowing building systems to communicate via the IoT. Thanks to advancements in PoE technology, that cabling infrastructure is often expected to go beyond data communications delivering low-voltage power to a variety of end devices.

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The National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) Annual meeting is a place for procurement colleagues from schools large and small, public and private across the country to collaborate. The 97th annual meeting of NAEP took place in Orlando, FL from April 8-11, 2018.

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Over the last four decades the deployment of traditional 12 fiber based connectivity has served the market well. Any data center built to 10G specifications in that time frame most likely used that traditional method.

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