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The surveillance and AV market has been the last of the construction trade groups to adopt professional and organized project management to support field operations in providing the solutions required for today’s smart buildings.  Because these products and services are of a more technical nature, the people drawn to this work have placed an emphasis on gadgets rather than project management.  The result is an industry of technologists that very often deliver sub-standard work and place timely project completions in jeopardy.  The schedule of any construction project puts all of its finish contractors at risk.  As the project moves forward, delays by steel, concrete, and other trades push back the start date for the system’s low voltage contractor.  Recognizing this and scheduling the proper manpower to respond to the delays are the keys to our success.  All of these activities are a result of a properly run project.  Project management is the key to timely project completion.This type of professional management with a broad selection of products from industry leading manufacturers allows KEDRA to flourish in the low voltage contractor marketplace. The use of preconstruction and prefabrication methods developed and refined by the electrical industry allowS KEDRA to deliver competitively priced and well thought out projects.  Building the entire job on paper demands proper planning and eliminates last minute engineering by field technicians.  As a standard practice, all equipment is unpacked, assembled, and tested prior to being sent to a jobsite.  This controlled assembly and testing eliminates many of the on-site issues, as well as shortening the time required for on-site commissioning. 


 

The Market is GrowingT

 

The growth of the low voltage sector is increasing even during a period when construction growth is flat.  The reason?  More systems are required in more applications than ever before.  Simple closed circuit video cameras and locks with keys are not the norm in today’s standard office buildings and campuses.  Integrated solutions are the products of today’s construction requirements. Integration between card readers, cameras, and other devices are allowing them to talk to one another and provide these integrated and comprehensive solutions. The world has changed requiring things that barely existed a decade ago.  Emergency telephone kiosks and reverse 911 systems are standard on all higher learning campuses due to tragedies like the massacre at Virginia Tech.  Other systems are born from our Twin Towers disaster, such as distributed antenna systems for first responder radio quality.  These systems, many required by code, are expanding the role of the low voltage contractor at a very rapid pace.The reason that these devices can work together is that they are converged on one network.  It takes cooperation between AV, security, and IT professionals to understand this and that is why our team includes a former Chief Information Officer of a multi-billion dollar business and others from the AV and security communities.

 

SBE and What That Means

There is a condition in the marketplace that makes the opening of KEDRA a great idea for today.  The Reinvestment Act of America has and will continue to fund some of the most exciting projects being constructed.  To take advantage of this funding the contracts come with strings attached.  One major requirement is the use of Small Business Enterprises.  Some contracts require over 50% of all monies spent, be spent with SBEs.  Others are following the lead of the federal government including state, county and municipal agencies and many private businesses that support these entities.This requirement is creating a situation that leaves large contractors scrambling to fulfill the SBE element of the job by spending money with a contractor that they know and trust.  We have these desirable relationships with the construction industry.  KEDRA is the Small Business Enterprise Solution for many customers.