What is the future of low voltage contracting and why should you care? The fact is that we are moving toward a world that is more connected and integrated in all ways. The future of low voltage contracting is at the center of this. Smart systems are already standard in many new buildings and business smart system use is increasing. Why? Because smart systems make sense in terms of efficiency, cost, and responsiveness.
Low Voltage Integration in Your Business
Smart technology integrates the systems in your business for your greater benefit and security. We’re all familiar now with security camera systems and alarms that connect to your phone or other remote-access computer systems and permit viewing and control of your business security from anywhere. You can control temperature and lighting remotely too.
You can have a refrigerator that anticipates your needs, and a coffeemaker that comes on automatically at a given time so coffee is ready in the morning. Maybe your next appliance will remind you when supplies are spoiling or running low. Your microwave may respond to voice commands while you are busy working. Motion detectors turn on lights as you head into a bathroom that otherwise stays dark and saves energy. Smart glass can control the amount of light that enters your windows. All these types of applications and others are entering the business world as well.
This interconnection and responsiveness of home and business will only increase. It is estimated that smart thermostats already lower electric costs by 25% in the homes and businesses that use them. Virtual assistants are becoming more common in low voltage systems everywhere. Having an assistant frees you up to use voice commands to change your home or business environment. It’s not hard to see that the greater integration of a “smart building” can bring even more advantages to a business.
Retail and Warehousing
Retail demand remains a vital part of low voltage contracting for wireless access points, kiosks, point-of-sale systems, digital displays, security surveillance, warehousing, and other applications. Smart buildings should increasingly feature in new builds and remodels. Also, increasingly, new technology calls for more bandwidth capacity and updated wiring. CAT6a cabling is now the standard for many applications. Getting a system installed correctly with this cabling calls for sophisticated, knowledgeable technicians.
Public Address and Audio/Visual Integration
Public address and paging systems are important for business communication. Audio/visual technology improves constantly. Many companies now utilize 90-inch flat-screen televisions for conferences. Video calls have become everyday elements of the workplace. They require increased bandwidth. Remote viewing and conferences became more common during the pandemic for obvious reasons. Using audio/visual systems now is still very convenient, reduces travel, and saves time. Look for this growing trend to continue and escalate.
Data centers almost unceasingly increase in speed and capacity and the wiring systems must keep up. As more systems are integrated, mobile device use with them will increase. Imagine being able to control all the features of your business environment, including lighting, temperature, data, audio/visual, and security from one device. You can! As a direct result of all of these innovations, businesses are definitely moving toward safer, more efficient management utilizing remote access. The trend is toward more organic, responsive, and integrated facilities. As low voltage system technology in data centers, security, and audio/visual advances, the low voltage contracting industry will make the changes needed.
Security and Cybersecurity
Security is a never-ending arms race. Your physical security system that protects your property should be of the highest quality. It’s wonderful to be able to see and control all areas of your business from hundreds of miles away on your remote device, but cybersecurity threats must also be recognized and guarded against. The latest low voltage contracting standards and technology help ensure home and business security while the best in software does its job.
Low Voltage Contractors
The future of low voltage contracting looks bright for consumers and contractors both. Increased integration of systems in businesses will improve the quality of life for consumers and businesses and increase contract work in this area. As systems become more integrated, complex, and widespread, contractors with the necessary expertise and knowledge of these related areas should be in high demand. As always, the future brings with it both fresh opportunities and new challenges.