Curt Harler, a frequent contributor to SECURITY + LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS, is based in Strongsville, Ohio. He also can be reached at 440.238.4556.
Articles by Curt Harler
This year, the well-dressed electrical contractor is turning away from shoes by Armani and hats by Yves St. Laurent. Sharp dressers sport hiking-style work boots, more comfortable dielectric footwear, colorful work gloves and NFPA 70E-compliant headgear. New standards for testing face, hand and foot protection will drive the fashion trends, both in the industrial plant and outdoors for linemen. READ MORE
Making the smart decision Before upgrading a copper plant to fiber optic cable, evaluate the alternatives. Fiber is great, but expensive. Any time a contractor is asked to pull new cable for a low-voltage installation, there are alternatives the client should hear. READ MORE
Adaptive technology is easier to install, cheaper to use and ecologically correct If nothing else, security scares have proven to be good for contractors installing motion detectors and intrusion-control systems. Contractors will find that new, smarter models offer several areas of improvement, such as quicker installation times and higher-quality video-motion systems. READ MORE
The giant wave washing over low-voltage technology is VoIP (voice over Internet protocol). Anticipating contractors’ needs, vendors introduced a flood of products to the market. The deluge of new offerings results from researchers predicting that worldwide IP telephony revenue will grow from $500 million in 1999 to $18.7 billion in 2004. That’s an astounding 106 percent growth rate. READ MORE
The latest buzz in the low-voltage market is Storage Area Networks (SANs). SANs began in a mixed environment, and contractors had to deal with different host bus adapters and different configurations. Resolving compatibility problems often involved calls to numerous vendors. That is changing. Contractors will be relieved to hear of success by several vendors who agreed to assure interoperability. READ MORE