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Smart Home Solutions

Posted on November 1, 2016

With the integration of home, business, personal, and mobile technology through apps on our smartphones, we are now engaging with our technology instead of just using it. Smart home applications related to the Internet of Things (IoT) allow remote access for control of heating, lighting, and security systems. More»

Standards in the Electrical Industry

Posted on July 5, 2016

In the electrical industry, standards are priority at all times from product choice to system installation. Some important standards to take into consideration when choosing products for your project include:


Keeping it Clean in Food and Beverage

Posted on January 19, 2016

The Food & Beverage Industry is under constant pressure to maintain maximum workplace and food safety at all times whilst sustaining productivity levels. The potential costs of a public relations crisis or recalls and fines demand that food safety is priority.


Do I Need a Lighting Retrofit?

Posted on October 29, 2015

As costs associated with labour to maintain fixtures go up along with energy costs, the cost of LED fixtures is dropping. If your lighting system is outdated, the following reasons may make a lighting retrofit to LED a good solution:


The Building Blocks of an Intelligent Building

Posted on August 4, 2015

Intelligent buildings use technology to link both hardwired and wireless network systems into a converged building system. Data is generated and shared over a single platform to enhance efficiency and monitoring capabilities.

Examples of where intelligent buildings can make the biggest impact on efficiency are network technology, security, and energy as well as comfort and air quality.

Network Technology: Information technology infrastructure serves as the brain of an intelligent building. Integration of networks begin with sharing infrastructure for every system, such as cabling, sensors and switches.

The pressures to reduce building operational costs and make the building more environmentally relevant are strong. Many buildings do not address these issues and attempts to apply temporary fixes are not sustainable. Considerations should be made to review, modify and possibly replace building systems and leverage the building’s computer network to control, monitor and measure the building system infrastructure on a single building management platform.

Security: Intelligent building systems can quickly detect threats and deploy notification to building managers. Integrated security systems deliver real-time data and can minimize the need for numerous employees to monitor multiple systems.

Energy: Intelligent buildings are built with flexibility to adapt to changing environments. This along with greater control and accurate monitoring can result in less waste. Additionally, intelligent buildings that leverage renewable energy and the latest technology in lighting can use 25– 35 percent less energy than traditional buildings. All this contributes to driving down costs of building maintenance.

Residents and tenants have individual needs and desires related to light levels, temperature and access. In our world with Internet of Things (IoT), new automated building system architectures permit communication, monitoring and management anywhere in the building or world via the Internet.

Graybar Canada’s comprehensive offering of products and services reduce total building cost of ownership, boost building efficiency and enhance productivity, while meeting corporate sustainability measures and complying with governmental guidelines.

Our products and solutions cover security, mobility, energy, notification, networks and a variety of services to meet your intelligent building needs.

To learn more, contact your Graybar Canada representative or download the Intelligent Buildings Solutions Brochure.