Blog

Blog

Unlocking Your Business’ Potential with In-Building Wireless

In a world where we use our smartphones for almost everything — from communicating with others to navigating foreign cities and managing our work calendars — having reliable access to data and service is essential. That’s why it’s no surprise that in-building wireless solutions (or IBW for short) are quickly becoming popular as businesses and organizations look for ways to ensure their employees, visitors, and customers get the best indoor connection. But what exactly is in-building wireless, and how can Hellman Electric help you install this must-have solution? Keep reading to learn more!

In-building wireless or distributed antenna systems (more commonly known as “DAS”) are revolutionizing communication by providing uninterrupted, high-speed wireless connectivity in buildings. Businesses and individuals find this technology instrumental in buildings where conventional wireless signals cannot penetrate, such as basements and high-rise buildings (hello NYC). This is because without an in-building wireless system, dropped calls and disruptions are inevitable — regardless of the carrier or device you’re using.

 

How does IBW work? 

Much like your building’s Wi-Fi, an in-building wireless system distributes an existing signal throughout the site to ensure every corner has access to a robust and reliable connection, bringing enhanced cellular connectivity to isolated spots or lousy coverage areas. No matter your carrier, the signal from their closest cell tower has to reach every part of your building, and unfortunately, many building materials (think e-glass, dense concrete, and fluffy insulation) naturally reject cell signals. This is why most in-building wireless systems are professionally designed, engineered, modified, and installed to the precise specifications of a building — making this solution desirable for businesses looking for a long-term and reliable solution. 

 

What are the benefits?

Investing in DAS wireless and other coverage solutions can provide numerous advantages beyond improving cellular service. If you’re a building owner, installing strong indoor service can increase your property’s value significantly. Tenants expect good service and are often willing to pay more for it, so providing reliable cellular coverage could add a quarter to a third of the value to your building. In addition to this financial benefit, staying ahead of the curve with modern technology puts you in a favorable position regarding regulations and taxes. By taking action now, you can avoid any troublesome fees that will surely come as technology progresses. So not only will you be improving your building, but you’ll also be setting yourself up for success in the long run.

 

How do I know my business needs IBW?

To decide if it’s time for your building to consider in-building wireless, we invite you to ask yourself the following questions:

  • When I am inside, do I have problems with dropped calls or lost connections, poor call audio quality, or texts, emails, and voicemails that show up in my inbox hours after they were sent?
  • When I go outside, do the problems identified above disappear? Is it easier to keep connections or complete calls?
  • Does the audio quality of my calls improve? Can I download files to my phone faster outside than indoors?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, or are experiencing dropped calls, slow data, and low bars with your cell coverage in your office building, corporate high-rise, school, hospital, airport, and other commercial location in or around NYC, consider contacting our team of experts today to learn how we provide you with a cost-effective solution.

Blog

Top 2023 Data Engineering Trends to Look Out For

As data engineering continues to grow in popularity and importance across industries, keeping up with the latest trends is essential. In this article, we’ll discuss the 4 future trends likely to play out this year and how you can take advantage of all the cutting-edge advancements progressing in data engineering.

 

Automation of Data Processing and Preparation
2023 isn’t going to be the only year you hear about automating data processing and preparation as companies strive for efficiency and cost savings. This is because automation tools will enable data engineers to perform tasks such as cleansing, normalizing, and merging datasets quickly and efficiently. In addition to allowing more time to focus on complex tasks, it ensures no human error is involved, paving the way for faster decision-making, insights generation, and even predictive analytics!

Data Cloud Cost Optimization
As the need for rapid data engineering has skyrocketed, so too have steep cloud costs. This is mainly due to how accessible and elastic storage/compute options are in the cloud, along with relatively new best practices in cloud cost optimization. Since the demand has reached unprecedented heights, so too have the expenses for organizations across different sectors. That’s why in 2023, we’ll see data engineers playing a pivotal role in optimizing resources in the cloud.

Data Catalog, Observability, and Quality
As discussed, optimizing cloud resource usage will be a key focus area in the coming year. However, the key to achieving that faster and more effectively is data catalogs, observability, and quality. Data catalogs will become more accurate and powerful with advances in metadata management, allowing organizations to gain insights into their data without spending massive amounts of time exploring large datasets. This will also help organizations stay current on their most recent datasets while providing richer context and a deeper understanding of the stored data. By tracing data lineage, data engineers can determine how a dataset has been used in the past, allowing them to prepare it for future use with confidence. Additionally, observability solutions such as AI-driven anomaly detection will enable data engineers to detect any issues before it causes operational disruption quickly. Finally, improved quality assurance solutions like automated tests that check for bugs and malicious code will ensure that any changes in the data engineering system comply with safety requirements.

Data Democratization
Data democratization is the process of making data readily available and accessible to everyone who needs it within your organization, leading to better decision-making, improved collaboration, and innovation, as well as increased productivity. That’s why businesses will see that data democratization will be the key to their success in 2023 and beyond, as this will allow data engineers to deliver accessible, protected data to various organizational stakeholders — enabling them to gain insights from their data quickly and easily. In addition, empowering non-technical users with accessible data also ensures that everyone understands how their systems work — leading to increased trust in the decisions being made.

 

Being aware of the latest trends in data engineering is a great way to make sure you stay ahead as a modern data engineer. While these five trends give us an idea of what to expect in 2023, the landscape will continue to evolve, and new technologies are sure to be introduced in the upcoming years. As a result, it’s important for data engineers to stay curious and learn about any innovative ideas that could help them advance in their field.

Blog

Raising the Bar Against Cybersecurity Threats in the Construction Industry

In today’s world, it has become increasingly clear that no industry is safe from the malicious technology of cyberattacks. With the digitalization of information and an ever-expanding online presence, companies need to take extra measures to secure their customers’ data. Throughout this post, we’ll uncover what attacks you should be aware of and what can be done to ensure your company is safeguarded and protected from cybersecurity threats.

Many companies are lagging in data security and privacy, leaving them wide open as targets. To protect themselves, companies should be aware of potential attacks – including ransomware, fraudulent wire transfer, infringement of intellectual property, and breach of bid data. The risks associated with these types of attacks can be devastating – not just financially, but also professionally for the reputations of those affected by such breaches.

Ransomware:
Ransomware events can be a massive burden for construction companies, interrupting Project processes and potentially delaying projects entirely. To protect oneself against ransomware and its full potential effects, construction companies must invest in robust cybersecurity measures and best practices.

Fraudulent wire transfer:
Over the past few years, wire transfer fraud has been an alarming risk for companies within the construction industry. Fraudsters use social engineering tactics to exploit data and divert money away from its intended destination – leaving businesses with hefty losses that can damage their reputation further down the line. Regular financial audits are essential in keeping tabs on any suspicious activity or fraudulent transactions; if detected early enough, it could prevent severe repercussions and provide much-needed peace of mind while transferring capital across industries.

Infringement of intellectual property:
All companies should take extreme precautions to protect their Intellectual Property – blueprints and schematics that can be extremely valuable if leaked. With proper security measures, a business’s reputation could be substantially protected from the misuse or theft of this data. To safeguard against such attacks, companies must stay up-to-date on the latest protection strategies to reduce risks.

Breach of bidding data:
In an ever-evolving and competitive construction industry, staying ahead of the competition requires forward thinking. Companies must be aware that data regarding their bidding strategies is a particularly valuable asset – if, in the wrong hands, it could lead to dire consequences for their success. To stay one step ahead of potential attackers, companies should work closely with a trusted internet security team or provider to ensure all firewalls are up and running as planned.

With the number of cyber threats in the construction industry rising every day, Hellman Electric is here to keep your data secure. Our team utilizes cutting-edge technology and security measures to ensure no breach occurs during any project we work on. So, if you want peace of mind that your information won’t be compromised – reach out! We’re ready and willing to answer all questions or concerns related to our cybersecurity solutions.

Blog

Electra Times Magazine, Featuring Hellman Employees and Projects

This past September, Electra Group released its annual magazine. In the issue, Hellman Electric was highlighted in numerous articles, which featured two of our employees rising to the top and a few of our cutting-edge projects. As one of three Electra USA subsidiaries based in the Big Apple, we are proud to be featured in this prestigious magazine. We invite you to learn more about our work and team in the Electra Times Magazine features below. 

Lighting Up JFK International Airport 

The JFK International Airport Rehabilitation Project is an excellent example of our team’s dedication to quality and customer service. The project required a high degree of coordination and communication to minimize airport operations disruptions in addition to daily permits from the Port Authority. Our team worked closely with the survey team to ensure that all fixtures were aligned, and the result was a successful project completed on time and within budget. To learn more about the design and the technologies used for this advanced project, flip to Page 11.

The Young and The Restless
Allison Lopez has always been a go-getter, so when she joined Hellman Electric in 2017 with no experience in the contracting and construction industry, it wasn’t a surprise when she quickly rose through the ranks. Her hard work and ambition have allowed her to reach new levels in her career, which has only increased her desire to learn. To read more about Allison’s inspiring journey, click here.

2021 Excellence Award
After rising to the challenge, demonstrating outstanding work, and helping Hellman Electric excel from great to exceptional, John Kreckel, Senior Project Manager at Hellman, was awarded the 2021 Electra Excellence Employee of the Year Award. The award recognizes those who showcase excellence, professionalism, leadership, team spirit, flexibility, and reliability. To read what project secured his win, click here.

Closing the Apple’s Digital Divide
Since establishing our Datacom Division in 2016, we’ve been a leading provider of telecommunication installations throughout the New York metropolitan area. To learn how we’re currently leveraging this expertise to deploy 5G, the latest and most significant global wireless standard, flip to page 44 of the magazine to read Tom Caruso, VP of Operations Datacom Division, explain how Hellman Electric is leveraging new industry sectors every day. 

As we continue to work hard and innovate in the electrical construction industry, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Hellman Electric. To follow along with us, we invite you to join us on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn for the latest company news, updates on our projects, and pictures of our team in action.

 

Blog

The Future of Smart Cities – Building a Sustainable and Resilient Future

The need for smart cities grows as the world becomes more digitized and automated. From improving traffic flow and reducing air pollution to creating more efficient public transportation systems and managing energy use, there are countless ways in which technology can help make cities more sustainable and resilient. While many governments and city municipalities have begun implementing smart city initiatives, there is still a lot of work to do to use this transformative technology to its fullest potential. In this blog post, we discuss some of the key features of a successful smart city and explore how Hellman Electric supports these efforts.

 

For a smart city to be prosperous, it must have a highly effective and functional public transportation system. This is because public transportation is a keystone of any city and is vital for the efficient movement of people and goods. Today, to increase the capacity and dependability of the transportation system and help it operate more safely, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) should be considered when designing and developing a smart city. Recognized as one of New York’s ITS leaders, Hellman Electric is an expert in installing ITS and systems integration assignments for both new and old installations. Click here to learn how to start developing your smart city with ITS.

 

When designing and constructing a smart city, it is essential to have a clear vision for the future. Without a forward-thinking plan, making the necessary changes to infrastructure and buildings can be difficult. Furthermore, it can be challenging to attract the required investment without a clear plan. Thankfully, Hellman Electric has a team of experienced planners who can help cities develop a progressive outline for the future. As more cities look to adopt innovative city technologies, it’s not a surprise to see Hellman Electric’s Design-Build services becoming an increasingly popular choice.

 

As our world becomes increasingly connected and reliant on technology, it’s clear that our cities will need to continue to evolve if they want to thrive. This means investing in future-proof infrastructure and systems that can adapt to changing demands. By doing so, cities can ensure they are prepared for whatever the future may hold. For those ready to begin future-proofing their city, making enhancements to aging infrastructure and new systems is an excellent place to start. By investing in resilient solutions, cities can ensure they are ready for the future.

 

At Hellman, we are dedicated to helping our clients build resilient and sustainable futures. We have the experience and expertise necessary to help your city thrive in this new era of technological advancement. Contact us today to learn more about how we can begin enhancing your city with smart technology design and solutions. 

Blog

Shaping the Future of Construction

The construction industry is at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement as new technologies are being developed, and more efficient techniques are replacing older rigorous methods. Due to this ever evolving landscape, it can be challenging to keep up with the latest trends. At Hellman Electric, we always have our finger on the industry’s pulse so that we can provide our clients with the most efficient and affordable solutions possible. Here are five construction trends that should be on your radar as we head into 2023. 


Smart Cities Change Industry Operation

The “smart city” concept is one of the most talked about trends in the construction industry. While the term can mean different things to different people, smart cities are generally defined as urban areas that use technology to improve the quality of life for residents. This can include everything from self-driving cars and intelligent traffic management systems to energy-efficient buildings and waste management solutions. While the concept is still in its early stages, it is already significantly impacting the construction industry due to its demand. For example, more and more companies are being asked to incorporate smart technology into their projects, which means construction companies will need to adapt if they want to be involved in shaping the future.

Connectivity Leads to Job Site Transformation

As construction companies embrace digital connectivity, they will see a transformation in how work gets completed on job sites. By having real-time visibility into machine utilization, diagnostic information, and performance, construction fleets can improve asset management, reduce fuel consumption, increase safety and improve preventive maintenance scheduling. This increased visibility and efficiency will lead to better project management and, ultimately, a better construction experience for all involved. 

 

Drone Technology Is Here to Stay 

Drones are quickly becoming an essential tool in the construction industry. Once thought of as toys, drones are now being used to survey and inspect various locations, providing significant cost savings. By using drones, construction companies can send crewless aerial vehicles (UAVs) to survey potential job sites, inspect progress on existing projects, and identify potential hazards, allowing companies to save time and money while keeping their workers safe. In addition, drones can provide real-time footage of ongoing construction projects, enabling project managers to monitor progress closely and identify potential problems early on. 

 

Tech Solutions Improve Onsite Safety

For the past several decades, hard hats have been one of the most prevalent safety equipment at construction sites. But with the increasing number of nonfatal injuries at job sites over the last several years, improved safety equipment has been called upon. That’s why we’ll see an influx of tech-enabled safety equipment over the next few years. A few examples include: 

  • A helmet from HexArmor features a Kinetix suspension system that can absorb and direct impact out and away from the neck and spinal cord. This system reduces 40% more of the impact force than other helmets.
  • Kenzen has developed a continuous health monitoring program where workers wear a small device on their upper arm to monitor core body temperature, heart rate, sweat rate, and activity level. The data feeds into an app visible to the worker and the manager to help predict and prevent workforce injuries.

 

Corporate Strategy Focuses on Cybersecurity 

With the rise of the digital age, businesses in every industry have had to adapt their practices to protect themselves against cybercrime. However, until recently, the construction industry has avoided attacks that have become common in other industries. Unfortunately, this is changing. A growing number of construction companies are finding themselves the targets of cyberattacks, and many are ill-prepared to deal with these threats. As a result, construction companies will need to take active steps to protect their data and systems from attack. To do this, they’ll need to include cybersecurity into their ongoing strategy and invest in strong cyber defense measures while educating employees on best practices.

 

As the construction industry continues to grow, it’s essential to stay ahead of the trends to remain competitive. We hope this blog post has given you valuable insights into the future and how your business can prepare for what’s to come. By following us on Instagram and Facebook, you can be sure that you won’t miss a thing regarding upcoming construction technology and methods.

Blog

Overcome Complex Construction Projects with the Right Electrical Construction Contractor

Choosing an electrical construction contractor isn’t as simple as opening the phone book or searching Google for the best one in your area. Due to complex construction projects, strict budgets, demanding schedules, and compliance regulations, choosing an electrical construction contractor shouldn’t be a lackadaisical decision. To ensure your next installation is nothing short of 5-stars, here are four things you should consider when selecting your next electrical contractor. 

Do Your Research

With so much information available at our fingertips, it can be tempting to read the online reviews of a company or business and make your decision based on that. However, it is essential to keep in mind that not all online reviews are reliable or authentic. Therefore, do the due diligence when conducting market research to find the right and trustworthy information. Compare the companies you have short-listed by visiting their website to better understand their services and history

Check their Experience

No one wants to put the reins of their project into the hands of a contractor who does not have enough experience and skills in the industry. This rings especially true when it’s as complicated and complex as heavy construction and interior and core & shell construction. So, narrow down a list of potential options and check their experience by requesting their portfolio or looking at the projects listed on their website. You will feel confident selecting the right contractor for your installation when seeing the results of completed projects similar to yours. 

Inspect their Versatility

When hiring the right contractor for your project, whether heavy construction, datacom, or interior and core & shell, you will want to consider how versatile they are

  • Are they a one-stop shop? 
  • Will you be able to design your build solutions individually, bundled, or on a turn-key basis?
  • Will you need to hire multiple contractors?
  • How will that affect your budget?

Get Multiple Bids

Going with the lowest bid can be tempting, however, this is not always the best approach. Getting multiple bids to compare the price and contractor’s qualifications, experience, and reputation is important. By conducting effective and timely research, you can ensure that you find a qualified contractor who will not only do the job correctly but on time and at cost.

Whether you are looking to expand your fiber routes or create a robust infrastructure that will stand the test of time, hiring the right electrical contractor for your build is one of the most critical decisions to determine its success. To talk to one of our design experts to find out if we’re the right fit for your project, gmoloney@hellmanelectric.com

Blog

Announcing Electra’s 2021 Employee Excellence of the Year Award

As we enter the third quarter of 2022, we’re reflecting on our team’s significant accomplishments in 2021. One that deserves considerable recognition is Electra’s annual Employee of the Year Award, which recognizes those who showcase excellence, professionalism, leadership, team spirit, flexibility, and reliability.

After rising to the challenge, demonstrating outstanding work, and helping Hellman Electric excel from great to exceptional, we’re proud to announce that John Kreckel, Senior Project Manager at Hellman, was awarded the 2021 Electra Excellence Employee of the Year Award. 

John has been with Hellman Electric for seven years and has demonstrated his excellence on multiple occasions due to his experience managing multiple high valued projects simultaneously while increasing profitability. 

John was chosen because of his outstanding work on the 345 Adams Street, Brooklyn project. This project required the relocation of various NYC agencies, including the associated safety, electronics, security, lighting, power, communications, and backup generation for the building. The value of this project exceeded 20 million dollars and required a detailed manager to oversee the daily operations to meet a 12-month build cycle. Due to John’s experience working in the field and within his current management role, he completed the project on time and within budget, even with the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented. 

While 2021 held many challenges, John continuously demonstrated his ability to manage, guide, and mentor other managers and employees in the office and in the field. Because of this, he has earned the admiration and respect of both subordinates and superiors alike, making us honored to have him a part of our team here at Hellman.

Congratulations again, John! 

 

Blog

Overcoming Obstacles to Small Cell Construction in New York City and Beyond

Network operators and municipalities across the country are striving to enable 5G mobile services for customers in urban areas, and that requires the installation of thousands of outdoor small cells to meet coverage and capacity demands. The requirements are myriad, from the Civil and electrical requirements; the aesthetic requirements (“not in my backyard” or NIMBY) imposed by both private entities and municipal interests; and power company metering/power requirements that vary greatly across the country.

And the icing on top — organizational and campus settings and private LTE networks — can further inhibit any notion that the motion toward 5G can be streamlined. 

Simply put: accommodating the varied technical and aesthetic requirements while also incorporating future and evolving technologies has been and will be a challenge. Wireless construction and infrastructure enterprises see that dichotomy in real-time, especially in the tech-infrastructure savvy New York City marketplace.

 

Site acquisition and aesthetics                                                                                                                                                                   

Throughout the 5G build-out process, wireless construction enterprises have acknowledged that small cells are designed for street-level deployment, but they must also acknowledge that local governments want to provide attractive cityscapes for their residents. 

Aside from the pandemic, there have been obstacles to deployment.  When it comes to telecom infrastructure and the construction behind 5G deployments, it’s easy to overlook what a deployment fully entails. For infrastructure providers, there are federal, state and local permitting, rights of way, application timelines and other siting and application fees, as well as application review timelines or “shot-clocks.”  

For businesses, a survey by Gartner, the technology consultancy, shows that enterprises are interested in investing in 5G services and technology as long as those services come with enhanced mobile broadband, are ultra reliable, and operate at low latency. Another Gartner report predicts that less than 45 percent of global communications service providers will have launched a commercial 5G network by 2025. At the enterprise level, mobile service procurement teams must develop realistic estimates or budgets to ensure that devices and connectivity modules are compatible with their carrier’s 5G networks. And enterprises should look at all of the expected costs of 5G-reliant implementation, demanding service level agreements (SLAs) at every juncture.

While traditional cell networks have come to rely on an increasing number of base stations, achieving 5G-level performance will require a more comprehensive and expansive infrastructure. And small cells are the key to densifying networks in preparation for 5G.

 

Construction that breaks through the challenges

It’s hard to keep up with the technical requirements, especially for municipalities and public utilities who may not be as familiar as mobile operators. Enter the construction, design and manufacturing community to work with the ecosystem of stakeholders to design build-out — and concealment — solutions that meet today’s requirements as well as future considerations.

To make that transition, players in the construction field must collaborate with municipal customers to design and install infrastructure that satisfies the ever growing demand for network capacity, including ultra-fast broadband, 5G networks and densified fiber deployments.

Those construction crews, foremen, electricians and laborers must understand the importance of responsiveness and on-time delivery for projects of all sizes. Companies that are successful will be able to demonstrate expertise in all aspects of construction — from design and engineering through construction and installation — all with safety as a backdrop. 

Still, challenges exist, and there are ways to overcome those challenges.

One way to get there is through standardization. Initial small cell deployments were custom installations requiring site-by-site engineering, which made these installations too expensive for widespread use. Today, telecom equipment manufacturers are moving to standardize small cell deployment solutions. It would not be cost-effective to do custom-engineering for each cell site deployment, so solutions must be based on standard designs that can, in turn, be adapted for many different sets of technical and aesthetic requirements.  

Modularity is also important. A broad selection of modular solutions is critical to ensuring successful small cell deployment, particularly in urban areas. Site components must support a wide range of deployment scenarios, like locating the radio adjacent to the antenna or placing the radio at the opposite end of a pole from an antenna.

Another ingredient is aesthetics. Cities and municipalities want the benefits of 5G, but they don’t necessarily want to hang “unsightly” boxes from their streetlights or utility poles, hence the need for concealment. The good news is that manufacturers are building site concealment into their designs to ease aesthetic concerns, and have come up with a wide variety of options, from streetlight poles to wall-mounted enclosures disguised as street signs.

 

New York Minute

To facilitate build-outs, New York public utilities and municipalities may look to explore synergies with other infrastructure projects like distributed power systems, smart meter conversion and coupling fiber builds with street improvements to decrease the time and costs in the long haul.

5G will play a key role in closing the digital divide with faster speeds, expanded capacity, and lower latency. The overwhelming majority of Americans – 81 percent in 2019 – own a smartphone, making mobile devices an opportunity to address the lack of connectivity.

With the economy slowly but steadily rebounding from the pandemic, New York and the U.S. more broadly cannot afford to lose competitive footing.  It is critical that municipalities, carriers and companies like Hellman Electric work together to remove obstacles to small cell construction to facilitate next-generation connectivity to ensure we can survive — and thrive — in an increasingly digital world. 

Blog

Meet Hellman Electric’s New General Superintendent

We knew the day would come when we would have to say goodbye to Frank Sergi, Hellman Electrics General Superintendent, who has been a part of our team for the last 25 years. Responsible for labor placement and hiring. Sergi managed, on average, 150 electricians over a range of 40 active company projects, which meant finding a replacement for him wasn’t going to be an easy task.

Enter Joe Esposito. After graduating from the Electrical Apprenticeship program, Joe began working for Hellman Electric in 2008 and currently holds a Local Union #3 “A” Journeyman’s card. With over 20 years of experience as a trained electrician, who has demonstrated the ability to take on a variety of project styles, it became clear to our management team who would be replacing Frank upon his retirement. 

Before Esposito’s promotion, he held multiple positions in the construction industry, such as a foreman, Project Engineer, Senior Project Manager, and Assistant Superintendent. Through these various positions, Esposito was able to gain valuable industry experience, allowing him to hone his skills and expertise. As General Superintendent, he will be responsible for overseeing all field labor operations and will be Hellman’s field labor liaison with IBEW Local Union #3.

When Joe isn’t working, you can find him hanging out with his wife and two sons.  One of his favorite pastimes is coaching youth football. During the off-season, he relaxes by hunting, skiing, or playing with his two dogs, Lucky and Dax. As for Frank, his retirement plan consists of playing pickleball with his wife Lillian at their second home in Florida while they prepare to become grandparents to their first grandchild in August.