28 Jun 2018

Historically speaking, the construction industry invested the least amount of money into IT and technology. As time goes on and the industry keeps booming, the need for information technology is becoming more apparent. Construction firms are now leaning on construction management software for day to day tasks in estimating, scheduling, job costing, reporting – and the list continues. Investing in IT and technology is differentiating contractors from their competition, saving time and money, and becoming more productive company.

Let’s take a look at 3 technology game changers that are taking some of the weight off busy contractors.

LEED Construction Documentation

This type of technology software allows contractors, project managers, or designated employees to document and verify LEED construction credits from their desk, in the field, or from their own cell phone. This eliminates hundreds of hours spent on paperwork resulting in significant cost savings and increased productivity. Teams are able to focus on getting the job done on time and work more efficiently.

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Construction Management Software

In the construction industry, everyone has carried that big rolled-up stack of drawings that never fits anywhere. Now, we have the ability to bring a tablet to a walk through and view blue prints of the job site directly from the palm of our hands. This software allows contractors to make changes, add notes, pictures, and notifies team members of the project updates. The closeout process becomes quicker with structure.

Drones

As an inexpensive way to get complex, unique views of a project’s progression, drones are (quite literally) taking off in the construction industry. Drones have the capabilities to capture survey imagery, provide time-lapse imagery, and contribute to job site safety. As if the images are not helpful enough, there are software systems on the market that are able to analyze the data of those images and include in building information modeling (BIM) models.

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12 Jun 2018

Most security systems use to operate independently of one another and communicated only through cabling and a signal protocol. As innovation keeps moving technology along, we are seeing more and more businesses move toward integrated security systems. Not only do integrated security systems save installation time and resources, they also provide the customer with a heightened level of security, efficiency, and overall productivity. 

What makes an integrated security system successful?

Video Surveillance 

As one of the most important components of an integrated security system, video surveillance provides a core to the entire system. Other information technology systems act as complement to the power of video surveillance.

Access Control

Another crucial component of an integrated security system is access control. As each subsystem helps one another become more effective, the overall level of security is increasing significantly. For example: If an intruder strikes a failed entry attempt, the video surveillance can provide additional assistance in recording the activity where the failed access attempt took place.

Fire Alarm

Fire alarm systems are now being included in these systems to provide users with effective control and monitoring of the building. This can benefit the user in many different scenarios – including emergency situations that require optimal communication.

Neutralizing Standards and Protocols

In order for an integrated security system to work properly, all of the technology and products used in each subsystem must be compatible. As the push for integrated security systems continues to increase, standards have been widely accepted, such as ONVIF. Vendors and integrators are now looking for products that are within the industry standards in order to stay competitive.

Centralized Control

As the integrated security system comes together, there must be a specific control software where every component is easily accessible and monitored. This allows for the customer to have one user interface that gives them easy access and a user-friendly way to control their system. Fore example: With this interface, users can view all live video and exit/entry logs at one time.

Low Voltage Solutions specializes in the design and installation of integrated security systems for various industry sectors. We would be happy to help you protect your business more efficiently – Contact us for more information!

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