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Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

Back in the early 1980s, when I first began working on standards committees for fiber optics, it was under the auspices of the Electronics Industry Association before they merged with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and turned the work over to them.

Outdoor video security is tricky for security specifications because variables, such as topography, weather and lighting, can affect accuracy and catch performance.

BW Systems is a systems integrator capable of providing turnkey solutions anywhere in the United States. Based in Colorado with 38 employees, it provides assessment, systems engineering and design, installation, and maintenance.

As I teach fire alarm seminars around the country, one of the greatest problem areas brought up is interfacing fire alarm systems with elevators. Elevator and fire inspectors do not enforce the same codes, and therein lies the problem.

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Fluke Networks CableIQ qualification tester
Cool Tools: Qualification and Performance Testers

For local area networks that do not require certification, qualification (or performance) testing is a less expensive option for contractors to test that an installation complies with component manufacturer standards and will perform to specifications.


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Smart and Bold: Disruptive Technology

Tech disruption can be a scary phrase. It can feel too fast, too soon. Break through the anxiety, however, and technology can ease and improve processes and performance. For the electrical contractor, maybe the time is ripe for a little disruption.



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Lightning-induced damage

Quality Control

In the August issue, I reviewed some common power-quality related issues, including insulation failures on a motor’s outer windings, unexplained offline trips of adjustable speed drives, blown fuses on surge suppression strips, damaged electronic equipment power supplies, premature lamp and ballast


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A Class A office renovation using DC lighting
Power Play: DC Power

In today’s digital era, building managers and channel professionals are increasingly open to building envelope systems that provide greater efficiency, connectivity and ease of use for building operators and occupants alike.


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Trying To Keep Up: Are Data Centers Changing Too Fast for Standards?

Back in the early 1980s, when I first began working on standards committees for fiber optics, it was under the auspices of the Electronics Industry Association before they merged with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and turned the work over to them.


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Turn Up the Heat: Thermal Video Surveillance Technology

Outdoor video security is tricky for security specifications because variables, such as topography, weather and lighting, can affect accuracy and catch performance.


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Setting Itself Apart: BW Systems

BW Systems is a systems integrator capable of providing turnkey solutions anywhere in the United States. Based in Colorado with 38 employees, it provides assessment, systems engineering and design, installation, and maintenance.


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