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“Mom & Dad… I want to be a hacker when I grow up!”

buildingintelligence2_smallerWhat if your child said he or she wanted to be a hacker when they grow up? What would you do? I would ask them which kind. Yes, you read that correctly: which kind. If they said a white hat hacker, I would not only say “yes,” but I would also try and help them. If you don’t know what a white hat hacker is, they are the good guys. In today’s society, at least to me, white hat hackers are equivalent of the fireman, solider, policeman that we wanted to grow up to be.

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Tags: Automation & Control Solutions, Building Intelligence

Why Does LEAN Matter in Construction?

LEANHave you heard about LEAN manufacturing or LEAN construction? Do you know what this means and why it matters? Here, we take a look at what LEAN is and why we make incorporating LEAN into every area at McKenney’s a top priority.

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Tags: LEAN

How Do Security Integrators Protect Their Own Facilities?

Security_site_monitoringToday’s technology allows security systems to not only fulfill their primary purpose of physical asset protection but also dynamically interact with an organization’s day-to-day operational needs and provide useful business and building intelligence data. As a security integrator ourselves, we know that keeping our own security systems updated is key to the operation of our large corporate campus.

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Tags: Automation & Control Solutions, Security

Maximize the Value of Commissioning – Starting Early

Have you wondered why commissioning has become a standard best practice in both new construction and existing building construction projects? The answer can be most simply stated as VALUE. If you consider that Value = Benefits/Costs and the benefits of an effective commissioning typically far outweigh the costs of these services then it follows that there is tremendous VALUE realized through the commissioning process.

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Tags: Commissioning, Energy Services

Can Your Garage Be Classified As Critical Infrastructure?

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Did you know that, if you are working with the GSA in the not too distant future, the authentication of the software/hardware you use has to be FIPS 140-2 compliant?  If you or someone on your team is not familiar with this and other standards, it could impact your work—even if you are not doing anything directly for a government agency.

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Tags: Automation & Control Solutions, Building Intelligence