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Long term residential care facilities provide a wide range of health and personal care-related services. As do board and care homes, assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement communities. All of these places share some common features – they are residential in nature, and they provide assistance with health and housekeeping services. Where they differ is primarily in the level of services provided and their expertise in treating particular conditions.

For example, long term care facilities are designed to provide skilled nursing care at a high level of service. These facilities provide not only nursing care, but also 24-hour supervision, three meals a day, and assistance with everyday activities. In many cases, rehabilitation services, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy, are also available. This combination of services is appropriate for people who are recovering from injuries or surgery, who stay at the facility for a relatively short time as a steppingstone from the hospital towards returning home. It is also appropriate for people with ongoing physical or mental conditions that require constant care and supervision and may live there permanently.

In contrast, assisted living communities are designed for people who need some help with daily care, but far less help than would be provided at a long term facility. Often, such communities offer a range of services including meals, housekeeping, and help with medications; and residents pay more for higher levels of care.

Protect Long Assisted Living and Term Care Facilities

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Opinions about the products offered in retail establishments may vary widely, but we can all agree that the electronic systems used in today’s retail stores are far more sophisticated than ever before. Retail stores depend on a wide range of electronic equipment and systems to operate. This begins with the full range of standard office equipment, such as computers, phone systems, printers, and copiers, just to name a few. Unlike standard offices, however, they also have specialized equipment in support of retail operations. This would include POS (point of sale, or point of service) systems, inventory management systems, and in-store electronic display systems. Depending on the circumstances, retail stores often incorporate access control and security systems including, for example, video surveillance, card readers and keypads, electronic locks, and intrusion detection.

Protecting Retail Stores

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Every kind of organization depends on a wide range of electronic equipment and systems to operate. Businesses large and small use office equipment on a daily basis, including desktop computers, phone systems, printers, and copiers, just to name a few. Retail outlets use all of these, plus POS and inventory management systems. Convenience stores use everything already mentioned, and even more – electronically controlled fuel pumps, lottery terminals, and ATMs. Banks and larger operations may have specialized equipment such as money counters and check readers. All of these facilities may also have access control and security systems, such as video surveillance, card readers and keypads, electronic locks, and intrusion detection.

Professional Installations for Surge Protection

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Banks depend on a wide range of electronic equipment and systems to operate. They use the full range of standard office equipment, including desktop computers, phone systems, printers, and copiers, just as all modern businesses do. In addition, they have specialized equipment to perform banking functions, including money counting machines, check readers and printers, and automated teller machines, or ATMs. Banking facilities are also always protected with a set of access control and security systems, including video surveillance, card readers and keypads, electronic locks, and intrusion detection, just to name a few.

Surge Protection Solutions for Banking

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Hospitals and medical facilities depend on electronic systems to keep track of patient information and medical orders, as well as to control and operate a wide range of sophisticated medical devices and equipment. Medical information systems, for example, are key to the important job of managing critical data including patient identities, conditions, and treatments. Medical devices range from complex diagnostic and treatment equipment such as CAT scanners, MRI machines, and LINACS all the way down to the ubiquitous IV pumps that are attached to nearly every patient.

If any of these essential systems are damaged or inoperable, it would prevent the smooth delivery of health services to patients in need – and could make delivering these life-saving services difficult or impossible. Moreover, disruptions or loss of treatment data could interfere with back office functions including staffing, payroll, accounting, and medical billing and payments, further disrupting hospital operations.

Hospital Solutions

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The average occupancy rate of the U.S. hospitality industry reached 66.2 percent in the year 2018 – the highest percentage since 2001. In 2019, total revenue for the resort industry surpassed one trillion dollars. The trend is expected to continue to climb (global pandemics aside), as travel spending grows for both businesses and consumers.

Safety is top-of-mind for travelers today. The same is true for their hosts. It is imperative for resort management to maintain a safe and secure facility for their guests. This helps to deliver the best possible experience at the resort, which leads to return visits and good reviews. It also protects resort owners and management from liability and business interruptions

Resort Image

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Airports present a different security challenge from other multi-building campus facilities. This is partly because they must control access across the perimeters of outdoor areas as well as within the secure building areas. Of course, this is because of the critical nature of our transportation systems. There is a need for highly restricted access to areas that could be vulnerable to sabotage, theft, and other terrorist or criminal activities.

Airport Outdoor Areas

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Managing rental housing, such as apartment buildings, townhouse complexes, and similar medium- to high-density residential housing facilities presents many challenges. Managers in these positions must deal with all of the everyday management issues of a complex business, including building maintenance, repairs, provision of utilities such as heat, electricity, water, and trash collection, collecting the rent, scheduling move-ins and move-outs, and much more.

At the same time, these managers must also deal with concerns about resident and visitor safety and security, theft, vandalism, and fraudulent injury claims. While none of these are ideal scenarios, they are unfortunately part of today’s world and can strike anywhere, at any time.

Apartment Access Control Solution

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It’s almost impossible to imagine a modern building without heating and air conditioning. Today’s HVAC systems not only help ensure the comfort and health of building occupants, they also support temperature and humidity control for a wide range of facilities and purposes, ranging from industrial processing to storage of materials and goods. While we think of these systems as heavy equipment, they are actually controlled by sensitive electronic circuits – and are thus vulnerable to damage from electrical power surges and spikes. To prevent damage to these vital control functions, system designers should include surge protection as part of every installation plan, and maintenance staff should consider adding surge protection to any system that was installed without adequate protection.

HVAC Lessons Learned

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When it comes to securing the nation’s critical infrastructure, airports are among the most challenging facilities there are. This is due to their complexity of operations, open public spaces, multiple vendors and the tremendous foot-traffic they experience daily. All of this creates a critical mass that demands a level of security unlike any other public facility. The focus on enhanced safety is reflected by the burgeoning airport security market – predicted to grow at a 9.3 percent clip annually until 2023.

Airport Access Control Solutions

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Protecting children in K-12 schools is always a top priority for communities, no matter where they are located. For this reason, school administrators and boards spend considerable funds to provide security and emergency systems in these schools. The range of systems in schools may include access control, lighting controls, video surveillance, and emergency call boxes, among other elements, but arguably the most important system for overall safety is the fire alarm system. 

Surge Protection for Schools

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By their nature, campus settings in Universities, private schools, and colleges can be spread across large areas, with multiple academic buildings, residences, recreational facilities, and parking lots, all connected by pedestrian walkways and other open spaces.  For this reason, providing security and emergency systems in campus settings usually involves a combination of elements. There are those designed for use in buildings, such as access control, and those designed for exterior areas, such as lighting controls, video surveillance, and emergency call boxes.

Surge Protection for Campus Settings

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Running any successful business is a complex challenge, and retail grocery and convenience stores are no exception. Every day, owners and managers in these stores must think about a wide range of items and make hundreds of decisions. These decisions range from product issues (what products to stock, in what quantities, at what prices), to operational issues (staffing, processing transactions, customer service, etc.), to business issues (insurance, finance, licenses, etc.), and much more. This range of topics puts real strains on general managers to constantly juggle all the items competing for their attention.

Surge Protection for Grocery and Convenience Stores

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In the horrific aftermath of 9/11, one of the most devastating outcomes was that more than 300 first responders lost their lives – at least in part – due to a failure of first responders’ radio communications. Regulators across the country – led by the NFPA – have taken lessons from the complex events of that day and initiated legislation, legal mandates, and updates to building and fire codes that are all designed to improve emergency communications and increase building safety for occupants and first responders at all times.
 
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