Fires are among the most dangerous and costly accidents that can happen in a building. In 2018, in the US alone, there was a civilian fire death every 2 hours and 24 minutes, taking almost 3,000 lives and costing USD 25.6 billion in direct property loss.
Responding to the instinct to protect themselves, our ancestors always sought ways to secure their belongings. Archaeologists believe it was Ancient Egyptians who graduated to the first lock from making simple knots using rope or other materials about 4,000 years ago. This was a pin tumbler lock made entirely of wood.
The world has just over a decade to prevent climate change from escalating beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. If not, any further rise in temperatures might have catastrophic effects on droughts, floods, and famine for millions of people.
The umbrella term of "small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)" might evoke a sense of humility. However, the importance and impact of SMEs around the world are the opposite of small or humble: SMEs account for up to 70 percent of the jobs in most OECD countries, facilitating growth, prosperity, and innovation globally.
In the last decades, the world of work went through dramatic changes. Remote working, digital communication, and flexible hours make for an unprecedented modern workplace. At first blush, these developments might seem like they're making office buildings irrelevant.
Today's buildings aren't just smart—they're alive. Smart lighting systems turn lights on and off at optimal times while intelligent heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems micro-adjust throughout the day to maximize energy efficiency.
While most of the buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) may seem new, the concept has been around for more than 60 years. American computer scientist John McCarthy, known as the "Father of AI," coined the term "artificial intelligence" in the 1950s, leading researchers across the United States to dig into the computer learning for processing equations and theorems.
It wasn't very long ago— just a few decades— that every building began with a pencil and a piece of paper. Architects designed large buildings by drawing onto sheets of paper taped together to create a canvas hundreds of feet long.
Whether it's a small, independent inn with just a few rooms or an international hotel chain, without the right solution, managing access can be a major challenge. What makes an access control system come together seamlessly is versatile keycard-based access management software that's ready to be integrated with both current and up and coming technology.
Until recently, most cities grew organically, without a strategy or plan. Nowadays, meticulous plans with smarter and more creative solutions characterize urban planning. Advanced technologies help the cities of tomorrow become more attractive, convenient, and sustainable.
Mass travel by plane has increased steadily since the early 2000s, with the number of airline flights expected to reach 39.4 million globally in 2019. With that growth comes a rising need for reliable & intelligent access control systems to make air travel smoother and more secure and efficient for passengers.
Experts are predicting a significant boom in the aging population throughout this century, the likes of which we've never seen before, which in turn will increase the need for state of the art Senior Living Facilities.
Fast forward to the 21st century, electronic access control (EAC) systems use electronic locks, computerized programs, and credentials, which take the place of standard keys. EAC is highly customizable, making it a good option for anyone looking to bolster a building's security, and give access to authorized individuals.
Workplaces have evolved from cubicles and private offices to open-plan layouts and shared spaces. Many workers feel cubicles and closed-door offices have been a hindrance to collaboration, so breaking walls down was a natural next step to make way for open-plan offices.