In This Issue...
. Recycling for a Greener Pacific Northwest
. Security Matters:
Time to Consider an IP Camera System?
. Green Benefits from Lighting Control
. Why Consider 3Com for a VoIP Solution?
. Washington Office Moves
. Safety Award
. Community Service Continues
. Tech Talk: featuring Loren Taylor
. Product Spotlight
. Recent Awards
Recycling for a Greener Pacific Northwest
Technocom is excited to announce its partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette. Technocom and Goodwill hope to provide an environmentally and economically conscious way to solve the growing electronic waste (e–waste) problem while at the same time supporting the local community (in particular, individuals who have employment barriers). Recycling old technology equipment helps build a safer, cleaner and greener’ community by keeping excess e–waste out of local landfills.
Here is how it works:
With every home entertainment purchase, Technocom is proud to pick–up and deliver to Goodwill the customer’s old electronics, a tax receipt will be provided. Recyclable electronic items include computers, televisions, VCR players, DVD players, audio equipment, window shades, and light fixtures.
"People are just not sure what to do with their old stuff and it is a hassle to get rid of, so they end up dumping it. Now we can help do something about it, help our community and our environment," says Technocom Chief Executive Officer Rick McCloskey.
Both Oregon and Washington commercial offices are currently implementing a recycling plan. For more information on the new e–waste program, visit gotechnocom.com/environment.html
Time to Consider an IP Camera System?
As technology progresses and moves towards network based operating platforms, camera systems have followed along. Currently, IP camera systems only comprise 10–15% of all newly installed camera systems with the remainder of systems being conventional analog cameras utilizing a digital video recorder (DVR).
In the past the main issues suppressing the growth of the IP camera sector has been cost of IP equipment and the effect the IP camera system had on a company's computer network (increased need for bandwidth). As IP camera manufacturers have improved on their products, coupled with businesses improving their IT infrastructures, it is anticipated that within the next two years approximately 50% of all newly installed camera systems will be IP–based. It is also believed that many existing analog camera systems will be upgraded and migrated into a new IP platform as those end users start to see the benefits of going IP.
The advantages of an IP camera system are:
- More flexible in terms of growth. With IP camera systems, adding a camera may only require the addition of a camera license to the IP system once the IP camera is obtained. Analog cameras utilizing DVRs typically have a fixed number of camera inputs (4, 9, 16, or 32 camera options) – once you have maximized the number of inputs, another DVR is required for additional cameras.
- Cabling of standard IP cameras only require a cat5e/6 cable, especially when coupled with the use of Power–over–Ethernet network switches.
- Storage of video is easily managed by a company's IT staff. Analog camera DVRs typically have fixed storage drives.
- The IP camera system software can be installed on either factory built computers or onto a customer–provided computer.
If you are considering a camera system in the next year, it would be wise to consider IP as a viable option. Although you may pay a little more up front for the installation when compared to the cost of an analog system, you will be "future–proofing" the security of your facility and save more in the long run.
Green Benefits from Lighting Control
Enhance every room every hour of the day by controlling daylight, electric light, privacy and security at the touch of a button. Without lighting control, lights run at 100 percent brightness 100 percent of the time. With control, Technocom can program lights to run at lower brightness, saving energy. Dimming lights to 50 percent can shave about 40 percent off electricity usage and extend bulb life by about 20 times. Motorized shades can also harness daylight so you spend less energy on heating, or block the heat to ease cooling costs. Lutron concedes that lighting represents only about 8 percent of an electric bill, but if every home in the U.S. put in a dimmer, it would be the equivalent of getting 370,000 cars off the road in terms of admissions.
Small Business Telecom Solutions:
Why Consider 3Com for a VoIP Solution?
The built–in 3Com NBX V3000 IP Telephony Solution is an ideal choice for small businesses. Businesses are looking for feature–rich, proven PBX functionality, at key system prices. Capabilities and services need to grow with them as the business expands. Tmail integration with email, can easily expanded to as many as 1,500 users. The 3Com NBX V3000 received the Internet Telephony Product of the Year award in 2006. The system includes advanced voice Automatic Call Distribution (ACD), graphical Call Detail Recording (CDR), 400 hours of message storage, and desktop call assistant. A 3Com NBX V3000 IP Telephony system with 8 phones can be installed starting at $8,225 depending upon the final needs of the customer.
Washington Office Moves
Technocom, which was previously located in Auburn, has moved its office to Kent, Washington. "Technocom is excited to be apart of the Kent community and we look forward to growing our business," says Technocom Chief Executive Officer Rick McCloskey. The new office is located at 6844 South 220th Street, Kent, WA 98032. The Kent office can be contacted at (253) 395–1700 and for customer service at (253) 395–1717.
Technocom was recently awarded the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Safety Training and Evaluation Program (STEP) award. In recognition of its ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program, Technocom was awarded the Silver Level of achievement. STEP is a self–evaluation process that is intended to help construction companies achieve the highest safety levels possible. At Technocom, safety comes first. The company holds safety committee meetings once a month and provides weekly safety meetings and first–aid classes to all employees. Over 60% of all Technocom employees have their first–aid/CPR card presently and the goal is to increase that percentage. "Through Technocom’s partnership with ABC, we have been able to vastly improve our safety program," says Kevin Doherty, President of Technocom. "Focusing on safety first benefits not only Technocom employees, but also our customers and vendors."
Community Service Continues
In an effort to help young women attend their high school prom, Technocom is now a collection site of formal dresses for Abby's Closet. Abby’s Closet is an organization created to fulfill a mission to collect and distribute prom dresses, free of charge, to girls who might otherwise be unable to attend their high school prom due to the cost of a dress. Technocom accepts donations year round and is looking for new or gently used prom/formal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, wraps and purses in good condition that are appropriate for high school women. If you have any questions, please contact us at (503) 670–9910 or visit www.abbyscloset.org