For one Maryland-based electrical contractor, doing quality work on a consistent basis is reaping major rewards. It latest success story? An expansive project with a national bank.
NECA Member, Cabling Systems, Inc., specializes in a wide array of low voltage services as a licensed contractor in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. It recently took on a multi-year project with a national bank to rewire existing bank branches and perform complete renovation projects, including placing desktop computers and phones and installing new network switches, servers, routers, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and wireless controllers.
“We do a lot in the ever-changing world of telecom,” said John Narron, Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and president of Cabling Systems, Inc., told the Alliance.
As part of the project, Cabling Systems is helping to upgrade network equipment and rewire all of the bank’s branches: 250 branches in the Washington, D.C., area and 900 nationally.
In the evenings, Cabling Systems technicians rewire branches with new category 6 cabling. On the weekends, they replace the network equipment and computers and patch everything in, coordinating with the bank’s national IT department and help desk to let them know when the system is shut down and when it’s patched in and ready for final testing. By Monday morning, the branch opens with new computers on the desks and access to the new high-speed computer programs.
Another project involves installing cameras, both for security and to track customer behavior. An infrared video system designed to improve customer service counts the customers who enter the branch and tracks their movements throughout the branch, recording what customers do, which associates help them the most quickly, and the like.
Cabling Systems also installs cash counting machines to count money so that tellers never need to touch cash. “These machines will count money like a glorified ATM, saving tellers hours each morning and night and avoiding mistakes,” Narron said.
In addition to its impressive work, Narron said the company shines when it comes to trustworthiness and attention to detail. This focus on precision makes it easier for branch employees to move right into their workday without disruption. It also demonstrates the seriousness and care with which the security aspects are considered and the work is done.
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