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Creative CCTV Security Solutions – Solar and Wireless!

Large and small commercial buildings alike rely on closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance technology to improve the security of the premises. Video cameras can be set up to capture people coming and leaving a building, or cars entering and exiting a parking garage. But what do you do when you need to capture license plate information at the remote entrances to your facility, but you don’t have power or communications available?

The Coral Springs Medical Center in South Florida had this concern so they contacted Advanced Control Corporation and worked with a team of design professionals and collaborated on the most effective solution.

Advanced Control’s Service Department designed a “Solar Powered Wireless Mega-Pixel IP Camera” to solve the problem. The video cameras are equipped with infrared illuminators for capture of license plate information both during the day and night. Images are wirelessly transmitted via a dedicated Point to Point Wireless Ethernet System to the hospital’s networked IP video surveillance system. Finally, to optimize efficiency, the video equipment is all directly powered from a solar array.

The solution implemented by Advanced Control Corporation allows Coral Springs Medical Center to obtain video surveillance of remote entrances to the hospital, without wires or a connected power source. The video cameras integrate seamlessly with the substantial CCTV system installed by Advanced Control and provide clear images, both day and night.

Advanced Control Corporation has been the industry leader in building automation, energy management, system integration, access control and CCTV solutions since 1987. Advanced Control strives to be the finest controls company in South Florida, with involvement in some of the most respected projects in the market, providing innovative building systems, energy management solutions and security automation solutions to thousands of buildings in Florida.

Huge Growth Predicted for Green Building Market

Energy and environmentally-conscious buildings continue to be on the rise, with Environmental Leader Insights reporting that the U.S. green building market will grow from $71.1 billion currently to reach $172 billion by 2015!

Building with natural resources and employee productivity in mind is catching on due to the growing recognition of its cost-saving benefits as well as because of government incentives. For example, the U.S. Recovery Through Retrofit Initiative offers $80 billion towards energy and environmental retrofits for federal buildings.  The Barack Obama-backed $6 billion Home Star Energy Retrofit Act gives rebates to homeowners who make their house more energy efficient.

These programs are expected to increase job opportunities in the green building industry. According to Environmental Leader Insights, construction workers will increasingly seek out green training programs, companies will invest more in green building technology and homes with green building features will sell better in the real estate market. All these points will benefit business owners and homeowners alike. Not to mention, they will see lower energy and heating bills while reducing their carbon footprint on the environment.

The preservation of our environment is a priority for Advanced Control Corporation, which has been serving the South Florida community since 1987.  With the tagline “We were GREEN before green was cool,” Advanced Control has been an industry leader in developing environmentally sound methods of building management and systems maintenance. Advanced Control has provided automation systems, building temperature control and integrated building solutions to thousands of buildings in Florida and continues to stay current with new technology.

Top Cities for Green Jobs

Green jobs are sprouting up all over America, with industries like renewable energy and energy efficiency currently providing 8.5 million jobs in the United States. Mother Nature Network just reported the Top Ten Cities for people interested in the field of sustainability. San Francisco is rated at number one in the country with over 42,000 green jobs. The city recently passed $100 million worth of bonds to create sustainable jobs and businesses. The “green collar” jobs are in the energy generation sector, mostly in the solar industry, as well as environmental consulting, green tech and greenhouse gas emission monitoring jobs. 20 big construction projects have recently applied for LEED certification here. Professionals in the field earn an average salary of $58,700.

Denver, Colorado is home to Vestas Wind Systems, solar firms and companies focused on clean energy. Local institutions like the National Renewable Energy Laboratory continue to advance green technology and green-collar job opportunities, so unemployment rates in Denver are below the national average.

New York City has launched a $1 billion sustainability plan to retrofit buildings to increase energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gases. For the full list of Top Ten cities, click here.

When it comes to building automation and energy management, Advanced Control Corporation is the industry leader in providing control systems to buildings that are cost-effective and energy efficient. Preserving the environment is a priority to Advanced Control, which participated in the first LEED certified building project in Broward County, Florida.

Advanced Control has an immediate need to fill jobs in Palm Beach and Broward County. The employment package includes excellent salary, health insurance benefits, vacation and holiday benefits, vehicle allowance and a 401K plan. Click here to check current job opportunities at Advanced Control Corporation.

Zero-Energy Building Serves as Model for Energy Conservation

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus in Golden, Colorado has just added its newest Research Support Facility, a 222,000 square foot zero-energy office building. This is the nation’s largest zero-energy building, which will hold 800 employees once it opens in August.

The Research Support Facility is deemed zero-energy because it creates as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. Power is mainly generated from solar panels. The building also makes efficient use of natural light and takes advantage of the earth’s natural heating and cooling processes. The typical office building spends 30 percent of energy on lighting alone, so the Research Support Facility incorporates smart designs that tell employees when it’s optimal to open or close their windows.

The Department of Energy anticipates a LEED Platinum Rating, the highest level of certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council, for their achievement in green building. Their hope is for this facility to be a showcase for energy-efficient design. The Department of Energy will share its design in a how-to manual featured on their website this fall.

Advanced Control Corporation has been an industry leader in energy management, building automation and system integration since 1987. With a solid reputation, Advanced Control provides innovative building systems and cost-effective energy management systems that are on the forefront of green building. As member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Advanced Control Corporation continues to demonstrate its leadership in the area of protecting our environment through energy conservation.

Energy-Efficient Homes Becoming More Affordable

A non-profit group, called the People’s Self-Help Housing, Inc. is building affordable energy-efficient homes in a poverty-stricken county of Kentucky. The first certified green home was purchases by a county school employee for $90,000. It is only the third home in Kentucky that has earned the LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The price includes low interest rates and the promise of lower utility and maintenance costs in the future.

The People’s Self-Help Housing, Inc. has been building low-income houses in the county since 1982. A few years ago, the group’s board of directors decided that new houses had to be more energy efficient to offset rapidly increasing utility rates. “People can afford the financing to buy the homes but they can’t afford to pay the utilities,” says Dave Kreher, People’s executive director.

There are only two other houses officially listed in Kentucky as U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified. The first is in Lexington that was built in 2006, and the other was finished in Covington earlier this year. The house at 120 Rowley Avenue in downtown Vanceburg will be Number 3. It uses fiber cement siding, thick two-by-six studs in the walls, energy star appliances and plenty of insulation. The house is an important step in helping people with low incomes afford and remain in a home.

Advanced Control Corporation has been the industry leader in building automation and energy management since 1987, providing small building solutions to save energy, lower utility costs and preserve the environment. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Advanced Control designs, installs and services building automation systems and is at the forefront of emerging technologies.

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