January 1, 2016 | Newsletter

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Customer Newsletter



Dear Valued Customer,

We hope 2015 was a successful year for your organization. It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to plan for the year ahead. Is 2016 the year you’ll solve the time-consuming, frustrating business challenges that come up year after year? Do you know whether technology can help you accomplish your goals faster, safer, and more efficiently?

There are so many technology solutions flooding the marketplace that it can be hard to find answers – whether your goal is to be prepared for crisis situations, improve internal communications, employ technology to support remote workers, or simply find help managing your network and the systems that ride on it.

This is a great time to get in touch with CEC. We're here to learn more about the business struggles you face, and provide suggestions to save time, money, resources, and frustration. Our new SystemsCare services, unveiled last year, can reduce time spent on maintenance, training, software upgrades, and code compliance requirements. With a customized plan, you can extend the life of technology systems, improve productivity, and ensure uptime. Our teams can be reached at 1-800-377-0271.

Wishing you a successful 2016!

Matt Dlouhy, CEO


Survey Winner!

When you fill out our project and service surveys, we use your feedback to adjust customer service. Every respondent has a chance to win a $100 MasterCard gift card. Congratulations to our most recent survey winners: River Bend Transit's Randy Zobrist and West Des Moines Community School District's Bob Young! 




Project Profile: Indian Hills Community College


When its IP access control system began to fail, Indian Hills Community College needed a replacement system. College staff wanted a wireless access control solution that could ride on the existing IT network vs. working with a separate wireless infrastructure. Learn how CEC helped design and install a flexible access control solution that reduced service calls and expensive repairs while increasing campus safety.


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Corporate Office Expansion in Iowa


CEC is expanding its corporate office to better support the entire Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor area. The existing corporate office will house two-way communications and IT teams, as well as sales, marketing, engineering, accounting, management, service, and HR departments. New office space in Cedar Rapids will serve as the hub for AV, fire, security, and healthcare communications, as well as testing and inspection services.

CEC Ranks No. 34 on SCN Top 50 List



SCN (Systems Contractor News) magazine identifies 50 integration firms each year that set the standard for integrators across the country. Ranked by projected AV systems integration revenue, CEC was identified as No. 34 on the 2015 list, up from No. 35 in 2014 and 2013. This year marks CEC's ninth year on the list

Unify Your Mass Notification


 There are plenty of technologies that will deliver mass notification messages, but don't overlook the fact that every effective mass notification system starts with one fundamental: a good crisis plan. CEC spoke to Buildings magazine about ways to tailor crisis plans through risk assessments and layered communications approaches.

Planning for the Worst-Case Scenarios

Despite the sobering statistics behind workplace violence, most businesses remain woefully unprepared. At CEC's Business Technology Conferences in October, former sheriff's deputy and SWAT team member Jesus M. Villahermosa Jr. stressed the importance of training and preparation for crisis situations. It's never too late to prepare for workplace violence. Follow these basic steps to improve security.



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