Content related to ‘Technology’

Smart Buildings Survey: Safety, Security Outrank Going Green


Building operators prioritize the safety and security of their facilities over sustainability and productivity, according to a recent survey of nearly 500 buildings across seven major U.S. cities by Honeywell and KRC Research.

Virginia Serious Game-Design Incubator Doubles Footprint

Virginia Serious Game-Design Incubator Doubles Footprint

Prince William County and George Mason University (Mason) – Science & Technology Campus recently celebrated the re-opening of the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI), which has doubled in space to help meet the rising demands of information technology (IT) start-up entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. The VSGI offers business incubation in the high-level technology fields of simulation, modeling and serious game design into new industries, including healthcare, education, defense, business decision-making, and cyber-security.  Originally opened in March 2014, the VSGI is currently home to eight start-up businesses that have created more than 70 jobs, multiple patents, copyrights, innovative simulation and game solutions and over $1 million in corporate support. The additional 4,000-square-foot space allows VSGI to expand services to new IT startups while retaining early-stage companies that are expanding, yet still require the concentration of business incubation services. Some of the early-stage companies are expected to complete business incubation in 2016. The VSGI expansion consists of new product development labs, research space, office studios and a lounge area, and modernized conference room and kitchen amenities.  The newly refurbished space is designed to further stimulate intellectual inquiry and creativity in a social think tank setting, which is part of the shared-learning environment that the university-based business incubator cultivates. “[This] expansion is a milestone achievement for the Virginia Serious Games Institute, which has been made possible through the strength of our public-private and community partnerships here in Prince William County and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Dr. Scott M. Martin, Mason Computer Game Design and VSGI Founding Director. “In Innovation Park and throughout Prince William County we are encouraging technological innovation, growth and expansion,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “VSGI is committed to graduating these young entrepreneurs through the business accelerator to establish stand-alone businesses and new jobs here in the county.” The VSGI mission is to support Mason’s entrepreneurial and innovation goals by cultivating and supporting Mason founded startups, rapid prototype development, high-value knowledge job creation and regional economic development through serious game technology discovery to improve human condition. The Institute offers new business incubators cutting-edge game design research and development, access to visualization and simulation software, training, product development, business support and rapid-prototyping. Each new business to enter the VSGI is provided access to business plan writers, advisors and mentors, as well as legal support and IP consulting services from Sheppard Mullins LLP, banking support from John Marshall Bank, and external server-farm support from LeaseWeb USA Inc. and VSGI partnered companies.  In return for a nominal rent, businesses are provided with a… …Read More…

The Internet Of Things And Water Management


With water rates up more than 41% since 2011, a growing number of businesses are using smart irrigation with IoT technology for water management at their facilities.

Chicago’s Merchandise Mart To Install Distributed Energy Storage Technology


Chicago’s iconic Merchandise Mart, one of the world’s largest commercial buildings and wholesale design centers, will install Johnson Controls’ distributed energy storage technology.

Facility Retrofit: Light It Up!


Several facilities in UCLA’s athletics department were part of beta testing for a new wireless lighting controls system.