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A Brief History of Telecommunications

Posted by Rob Brown

August 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

From smoke signals and pigeon post to email and mobile phones, the history of telecommunications is incredibly rich and interesting. Perhaps more so than any other industry, the history of telecommunications closely parallels the progression of human history and thinking. Let’s look at where we’ve come from, how we’ve gotten here, and what’s next.


Prehistoric Era

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Topics: Telecommunications

How Do Commercial HVAC Systems Work?

Posted by Rob Brown

August 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is one of those things we take for granted on a daily basis. We know it is there, we appreciate what it does, but we don’t really spend much time thinking about the intricacies of the system. Are you curious about how commercial HVAC systems work and what they do? Let’s take a look. 

How HVAC Systems Work

Understanding the primary functions of an HVAC system is an important part of being able to purchase or upgrade your system in the future. These are the basic functions: 

Air Conditioning. Air conditions are made up of temperature, humidity, odor and movement. HVAC systems control all of these functions. Most people think of their HVAC systems as controlling temperature alone but there is much more to it than that.

Meeting Air Quality Standards. The ASHRAE, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Engineers have developed a set of standards that are to be complied with in terms of air condition and quality. HVAC systems are the only way to ensure air conditions will meet standards.

Maintaining the "Comfort Zone.” Most people prefer internal temperatures to be no lower than, in Fahrenheit, 68 degrees in the winter or 73 degrees in the summer, and no higher than 75 degrees in the winter or 79 degrees in the summer. HVAC systems allow your commercial space to stay in this zone.

With a greater understanding of what a commercial HVAC system is comprised of and how it functions, it is also important to understand the major components of a commercial HVAC system.

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Topics: HVAC

5 Reasons Your Company Should Recycle Old Telecommunications Equipment

Posted by Rob Brown

August 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

As “green” business practices are sweeping the nation, maybe your company should sit down and discuss ways in which it can participate. Have you ever considered recycling old telecommunications equipment? There are many environmental and financial benefits to doing so. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

What is Recycled?

The most important thing to note when moving, closing up shop, or revamping your fleet of telecommunications materials is that nearly everything needs to be recycled or otherwise disposed of in a non-trash manner. The following things are just a short list of what needs to be properly wasted or recycled:

  • Cell sites
  • Power supplies and UPS
  • Batteries
  • Mainframes and switches
  • Hard drives
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Computer towers and monitors
  • Circuit pack boards
  • Mobile devices
  • Televisions and monitors
  • Much, much more

Ultimately, if you are unsure of whether or not something needs to be disposed of professionally, it probably does and you can always ask. Knowing for certain is better than making the wrong choice. Some wonder whether or not it really matters to recycle or properly dispose of telecommunications materials. It does—we promise. Here's why:

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Topics: Recycling

What is Involved in Powering a Cell Tower?

Posted by Rob Brown

August 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Powering a cell tower is no simple task. It requires much more than a few batteries and switches. There is the DC power equipment, the batteries, transfer switches, air conditioning, lighting, and backup generator to name a few of the necessary components. Below is a description and explanation for each of the main components involved in powering a cell tower.

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Topics: Towers

Protecting Cell Tower Equipment from Fire

Posted by Rob Brown

August 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

When a large amount of electrical equipment is placed in the same small, enclosed space, there is always a chance something will catch on fire. Constant fire protection in cell phone towers and shelters is important to ensure the tower, which serves potentially several thousands of people, does not sustain severe damage and interrupt service.

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Topics: Towers, Fire Protection

Choosing Between Shelters and Cabinets on Cell Sites

Posted by Rob Brown

August 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Cell tower equipment kept at the base of the tower is housed either in a shelter or a cabinet. The difference is implied in the name, with shelters being more permanent and providing stronger protection. Cabinets, meanwhile, provide greater mobility and are easier to erect and disassemble. There are many advantages and disadvantages to both, some of which have been discussed below.

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Topics: Shelters, Cabinets


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