Project Overview: Great Gulf's Active House Power Sub-metering Solution
The idea is simple: if you know where energy is being used, you have the ability to cut energy consumption and related costs. This is the idea that drove the opportunity for Mircom to provide a sub-metering solution for the world’s first Active House built by Great Gulf.
The Innovation Agenda
In a world where technologies are rapidly evolving to keep up with the consumer demands and needs, innovation becomes an inevitable factor that contributes to a company’s success. Especially in the tech field, where competition and growth is at a constant incline, organizations must pioneer new ideas to earn and/or maintain a reputation.
Life-saving Fire and Smoke Alarm Facts
While National Fire Prevention Week comes to an end, we want to remind our readers that fire safety must be practiced year-round.
Do You Practice Fire Drills Regularly?
If you live in or have ever lived in a multi-residential building, you have experienced, at least one time or another, monthly fire alarm testing or fire drills. In grade school, fire drills became a routine when it was necessary to stop what you were doing and be ushered out of the classroom in an organized fashion when the alarm sounded. Many workplaces often exercise precautionary fire drills as well. However, just how many families are practicing fire drills at home?
Are You Checking the Health of Your Smoke Alarms?
Mircom is raising awareness for NFPA’s National Fire Prevention Week, running from October 9th to the 15th. This year, the theme is replacing smoke alarms. For the first blog post of our fire safety series this week, we have provided you with some quick tips you can use to prevent fires and keep you and your family safe.
Plaid for Dad
There is something to be said about the special bond between father and child. At Mircom, we hope everyone shared a special Father’s Day with their dads, stepdads or granddads this past weekend. Mircom came together this past month to show Dads how much we care. Last Friday, June 17th, we participated in the nationwide Plaid for Dad event, supporting Fathers across the country in their battle against prostate cancer. Our employee participation across the entire company surpassed our expectations, and it was a fun day for everyone.
In the News: Clinton Correctional Facility
In breaking news last month, two fugitives escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in New York State. The escape conjures up images from the film The Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, after authorities confirmed that the prisoners were able to facilitate their escape using power tools to cut through the wall of their cell. How they obtained the tools is a mystery, but even more puzzling is how they were able to use them without detection.
What Did They Know? A Look Back at Technological Blunders
In the 19th century, the first commercially used light bulb was invented. Thomas Edison is widely credited with its inception, in 1879. The success of bulb was followed by the founding of Edison Electric Company. Initially Edison was dominating the American market, supplying electricity to the public to power the bulbs. However, Edison was generating direct current electricity (DC) which was limited by the fact that it was difficult to transmit over long distances, and it could not be converted into higher or lower voltages.
Mircom at NFPA Conference & Expo 2015 – Let’s Connect!
This month our team is travelling to Chicago, Illinois to exhibit at the National Fire Protection Association’s Conference & Expo. Come and visit us at booth 1217 for your chance to win one of the many $50 cash prizes!
LED Technology: Important Technical Briefing for NFPA Members
A very important NFPA standard amending motion has been raised to overturn a vote passed in the autumn of 2014 by the NFPA SIG-NAS subcommittee. The SIG-NAS 2014 vote would limit the light pulse duration of notification appliances to 20 milliseconds during a single flash cycle, a factor of 10 decrease from the current allowance of 200 milliseconds according to NFPA 72 2013. The 2014 SIG-NAS decision would effectively disallow new LED based notification appliances to serve the needs of the life-safety market.