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Going the Distance: The Power of Passive Optical Networks

Pentegra's passive optical network solutions deliver flexibility & efficiency that far exceed traditional copper cabling capabilities.

July 29, 2021

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Are You Ready for AV Over IP? (Part 1)

You’ve heard of AV over IP (audio visual over internet protocols). It’s the buzz at trade shows and online. It seems to be what everyone is talking about. But what is it? Why do you need it? And what’s more, are you ready for it? This is the first blog in a series that will […]

June 25, 2021

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Pentegra Systems Expands Smart Network Infrastructure Capabilities

Pentegra Systems Expands Smart Network Infrastructure Capabilities by Earning Certification to Install Tellabs Optical Local Area Network As the Only Certified Provider in Chicagoland, Pentegra Can Provide “Intelligent” Physical Security Solution Options to New Building Projects and Existing Building Owners Chicago, IL {November 25, 2020} –  Pentegra Systems, a physical security and audiovisual solutions consultant […]

February 24, 2021

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A Look Inside The New Welsh-Ryan Arena at Northwestern University

Pentegra Systems was proud to partner with Mortenson Construction and Meade Electric on the Welsh-Ryan Arena Renovation project at Northwestern University.  The renovation included seating upgrades, wider concourses, new restrooms, new lighting, state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities, lobby expansion and new locker rooms.  Pentegra Systems worked closely with Meade Electric to design and install various […]

June 10, 2019

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Time-lapse Video of Shakespeare Theater’s “The Yard at Navy Pier” Construction

Pentegra Systems began the audiovisual infrastructure installation for the new flexible theater at “The Yard at Navy Pier” for Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Spring of 2016. This system included video distribution equipment, a technical intercom and paging sound systems and socket outlet panels. Additionally, Pentegra Systems provided the necessary audiovisual equipment racks, connections and cabling […]

September 25, 2017

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Delayed restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple is triumphant

Below is an article written by Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune about the restoration of Oak Park’s historic Unity Temple. Blair gives a great summary of the Unity Temple restoration project and a brief history of the temple itself. Pentegra Systems began an audiovisual, security and data network design build installation at the historic […]

September 11, 2017

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6 AV Tech Upgrades To Pursue When Moving (Relocating)

6 AV Tech Upgrades To Pursue When Moving   When a business moves to a new location, it presents unique opportunities for the company to pursue AV upgrades that otherwise might not have been available. If your business is going to be moving soon, it makes sense to look into upgrading your audiovisual systems so […]

July 10, 2017

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Every School Needs a Systems Integrator

Every School Needs a Systems Integrator If you are reading this, chances are you went to school at a time when you were lucky to have an overhead projector in your classroom and really had it made when your teacher rolled in the TV cart to watch a movie. You’ve most likely been out of […]

July 10, 2017

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Picking the Right Integrator

Picking the Right Integrator Time flies. We have all heard that expression. You can’t stop the clock. Everyone and everything gets older, including your technology. Well, especially your technology. It seems like every day you look at your once “state-of-the art” presentation system complete with projector, ceiling speaker system and all of the bells and […]

July 10, 2017

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Advantages of Leasing Technology

Advantages of Leasing Technology It is 2015 and let’s face it technology has become a necessity in almost every aspect of your life. This is a harsh truth to some people, but so is the fact that if you want the best technology it sure doesn’t come cheap. Is your business in need of network […]

July 10, 2017

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The Difference Between Consultants and Integrators

The Difference Between Consultants and Integrators Imagine this scenario. You are the owner of a medium sized business whose sales have been on the upswing for the past several years. Due to this increase in business, your company is in the process of expanding into a brand new facility to support the increased operational demands […]

July 10, 2017

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Technology: Assisted Living

Technology: Assisted Living Residents in assisted living facilities around the world have seen quite a bit during their lifetimes. They lived through wars, have seen humans walk on the moon and even may have seen their grandchildren have children of their own. Comparing the lives of these individuals as youths to modern-day is quite the […]

July 10, 2017

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What Is An Electrical Transient?

What Is An Electrical Transient? The following is a great article we found from Alltec explaining what an electrical transient is and the effects it can have: Transient surges are defined as momentary bursts of energy that are induced upon power, data, or communication lines. They are characterized by extremely high voltages that can drive tremendous amounts […]

July 10, 2017

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6 Things That Make For a Great Service Department

6 Things That Make For a Great Service Department Imagine you own your own company and you’re about to put in a brand new phone system for the entire building. You are completely replacing your existing system that has more than worn out its welcome. You’re excited. You’re employees are excited. There are so many […]

July 10, 2017

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The Low Bid: MORE meaning behind the LESS number

The Low Bid: MORE meaning behind the LESS number   In the world we live in today, everyone wants more for less. Part of that comes from the mentality to save as much money as possible for the future while still managing to purchase whatever it is that suits your fancy in the now. The […]

July 10, 2017

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5 Collaboration Technologies That Millennials Want At Work

5 Collaboration Technologies That Millennials Want At Work Millennials are the most tech-savvy, collaborative, and socially-minded generation in human history.  Millennials have grown up using smartphones, Facebook, and the cloud.  They can navigate the web like the back of their hand.  Millennials realize the future belongs to them.  They are determined that today’s workplaces match […]

July 10, 2017

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5 Tips For Successful Video on Wireless Networks (WLAN)

5 Tips For Successful Video on Wireless Networks (WLAN) Video conferencing is tool a now widely used by businesses, schools, government agencies, and households.  The development of high-speed wireless access has greatly increased the number of computer users who regularly video conference over wireless networks (WLAN).  Today, users typically bring their own device (BYOD) when […]

July 10, 2017

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7 Trends For How Faith Based Environments Are Using Technology

7 Trends For How Faith Based Environments Are Using Technology Technology can be valuable for almost any type of group or organization. In churches and faith-based organizations across the country, technology is getting used more frequently to help people come together for worship. There are a few prominent trends to consider when thinking about how […]

July 10, 2017

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