Electricity makes the world go round, and it certainly is needed
for all equipment required at a checkpoint, ticket counter or
kiosk. However, when it comes to retrofits, it seems it is never
located where you need it to be.
The typical new circuit work order looks something like this:
• Remove that circuit back to the first convenient pullbox or
all the way back to the panel board.
• Remove the conduit through the floor to the pullbox.
• Rework the conduit to a new location.
• Core drill at the new location.
• X-ray the floor, and route the new circuit through the
new poke-through assembly.
With the number of redesigns evolving technology requires,
completing work orders like this would create continually
disrupted checkpoints with time-consuming and costly projects.
Track busway has been used to provide flexible retail lighting
environments and data centers for years. Track busway would
keep the retrofit work above the floor and in the vicinity of the
equipment. Because retail areas and data centers are both
high churn, it leads us to believe that track busways could be
a viable option; however, the challenge would be making it
Low-profile access floor is another product used elsewhere that
could be adapted to a checkpoint or counter. These products
are only a few inches in height and would require a gradually
sloping surface. Durability would certainly come into question,
but the strategic use of these products would allow power and
communication cable to be re-routed with minimal difficulty
or disruption and no new holes in the floor. Ticket counters
were moved out to accommodate explosives trace detection
machines, then pushed back when in-line systems were
developed. Each of these changes adds holes.
In office spaces, when a lot of churn is anticipated,
demountable, moveable walls are often deployed. Power
and communications are routed behind removable panels
used in lieu of gypboard. Plug-and-play electrical systems are
available and can eliminate the need for a licensed electrician
to be present during the move. These systems would allow a
checkpoint to grow if new equipment or additional components
require more space.
Each of these products will need careful consideration, but
unless the goal is a Swiss cheese-looking floor slab, something
new and different needs to be done from the facility standpoint.
Technology is not and will likely never be stagnant, and
therefore it is impractical to think a terminal can remain