The Elusive System Check Out

By: Steve Thorburn Increasingly, in both our home and work environments, we live in a world of automation. And, accordingly, our demands have risen just beyond the limits of reasonable expedemands ctation. Is it any wonder, then, that we frequently hear “What do you mean I have to adjust it? Isn’t it digital?” With Digital… Read more »

Project Profile: Forsyth Detention Center Surveillance System

Since 1996 the Forsyth County Detention Center in North Carolina relied on eight cameras to help monitor the 800 detainees contained within eleven housing units. The system, while functional, only covered the most critical of areas. For example, the intake processing system. When the center opened, staff relied on written documentation to track what possessions… Read more »

Focus on Technology: Video over IP

Remember when phone calls used to travel over phone lines? The advent of wireless systems, along with Voice over IP (VoIP) technology, is cutting into the traditional telephone market. In 2010, US cable companies are providing VoIP phone service to over 20 million customers. When that technology first became commercially viable around the middle of… Read more »

Product Review: Christie MicroTiles™

Christie’s new MicroTiles may become the new standard in video walls. Unveiled over the last year at various trade shows and events, MicroTiles are small display units measuring roughly 12 inches x 16 inches x 10 inches. Each weighs about 20 pounds and utilize DLP technology to create some of the most sharp and vividly… Read more »

Product Review: Sanyo Short Focus Projector

The latest short-focus projector from Sanyo (PLC-WL2500) combines the limited maintenance features of their traditional models with the benefits of a short-focus projector. An 80-inch wide projection is possible with a mounting position only 34 inches from the screen. This allows the projector to be placed on a desk or be mounted on the ceiling… Read more »

Project Profile: NCCU Pearson Cafeteria and Teaching Kitchen

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Pearson Cafeteria Renovation and Expansion project includes a modern cafeteria with a seating capacity of 1,750 students, dining facilities for staff and various conference rooms. Since the project’s inception in 2003, the project budget grew from $1.3 million to $13 million while the square footage increased from 27,000 sq…. Read more »

Better City, Better Life

By: Steve Thorburn As the axiom goes, in 1810 the savvy entrepreneur should have gone to London, in 1910 they should have been in New York, and in 2010 they should be in Asia. Having recently returned from Shanghai, China and the World’s Fair (Expo 2010), the saying holds true. And it particularly points to… Read more »