Elmhurst (Ill.) Memorial Healthcare telecommunication rooms house switches and equipment that deliver Ethernet-based applications throughout the hospital. Image courtesy of Panduit
This article from Health Facilities Management was recently shared with me and while it’s focus is on Healthcare Facilities, it’s strategic perspective on the value of a Cable Infrastructure is applicable to all facilities.
Over the past 20 years we have seen first hand how strategically and proactively designed spaces, pathways and cabling systems can help organizations establish an effective foundation on which they can reliably support the variety of systems that now require IP connections.
In recent years, we have been working with a number of school districts throughout New York State as they establish just such a foundation to facilitate the delivery of education using 21st century hardware and software.
Effectively Integrating Technology Within Distinct College Cultures
When it comes to technology infrastructure and the Communications, Life Safety and Automation (CLA) systems it connects, few settings match the complexity and challenges of today’s wired college campus. With dozens of buildings of all ages and with different functions spread across miles of geography, the cohesive connection of the discrete systems within a facility and to each other is a daunting task at best.
That’s exactly what I like about my role at Archi-Technology as a Project Manager where I’ve worked with literally hundreds of colleagues to help develop technology infrastructure that’s smart, scalable and performs to spec from day one. I’m fortunate to have spent most of my professional career on higher ed campuses and have learned about organizational structures that can be as complex as any of the systems that we design. Yet for all is complexity, I have found the higher ed market to be a place where “everybody knows your name.” Relationships are long term and you have time to really get to know the client’s needs.
Another favorite part of my job is exploring turn-of-the-century buildings—or even older—and finding places that have gone unseen for decades; kind of like Indiana Jones but I’m searching for hidden cable pathways instead of ancient relics. In the age of wireless, people forget just how many miles of fiber and cable needs to be behind the scenes to support WiFi access. Given the historic nature of many college buildings, higher ed campuses regularly offer this type of opportunity.
As Archi-Technology’s new Higher Education Practice Group manager, I’ll be blogging on different aspects of technology’s impact on colleges and universities, paying special attention to the network-hardened infrastructure that needs to be in place to keep all those 1s and 0s moving in the right direction.
I welcome your feedback, opinions and insights, and look forward to hearing from you in the future.
— Joe Blasz, Higher Education Practice Group Leader, Project Manager and RCDD
New Archi-Technology Practice Groups Focus On Industry-Specific Needs
In our almost 20 years experience planning and developing technology infrastructure and related CLA systems for a diverse client base, it’s become clear that the needs of the education and healthcare markets require specialized knowledge.
From increasing student graduation and employer-recruitment rates to improving patient outcomes as mandated by new federal legislation, technology is playing an increasingly important role in transforming these industries that touch everyone.
To that end, Archi-Technology recently appointed three Practice Group managers within the company to be the lead advocate for the following vertical markets:
- K-12 Education: Luke Poandl, Project Manager, Rochester, NY
- Higher Education: Joe Blasz, RCDD, Project Manager, Ithaca, NY
- Healthcare: Mark Howland, RCDD, Project Manager, Rochester, NY
Each manager will be posting an introductory blog post about current issues facing their respective industries as well as the opportunities and challenges technology brings.
As always, we welcome your feedback, opinions and experiences about how we can all harness the potential of technology while minimizing obstacles and learning curves.
— Tom Rauscher, FCSI, President, Archi-Technology
Although this is our first blog, Archi-Technology has been providing technology consulting and design services to educational and healthcare clients since 1996. During that time, we have gained a deep understanding of the ways in which a facility’s technology infrastructure should be planned, designed, installed and documented to save time, money and space.
This blog is intended to share knowledge, insight and advice among clients, technologists and end users to gain new perspectives about the effective development of technology systems in educational, healthcare and other types of facilities.
With your help, we look to create a meaningful dialogue that has a positive, practical impact on how you and your organization view technology infrastructure and the systems and capabilities it enables.
On behalf of Archi-Technology, we look forward to hearing from you.
—Tom Rauscher, President, Archi-Technology LLC