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. 

A variety of carts and reel carriers are available to hold and transport wire reels.

From shipping and arrival of wire supplies through installation, efficiently managing electric wire on the job can be the difference between a profit or loss.

I know from experience with contractors in the field that, when it comes to mass notification systems (MNS), being required to perform a risk analysis for the MNS ranks just above getting a root canal at the dentist’s office!

Like many technology markets, telecom has always been a hotbed of hype. Somebody is always talking up the latest and greatest technology that will revolutionize the market. Not too long ago, it was fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). Recently, wireless has been getting all the attention.

Another storm on the horizon and another image of electric utility trucks heading off to help with recovery efforts. That seemed to be an almost-nightly occurrence in late August through mid-September, as hurricanes Harvey and Irma made their way to the U.S. mainland.

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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.

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.

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.

Geofencing And Beacons: Capturing The Lost Customer

Years ago, I talked about capturing the lost customers in regional economies and creating a more vibrant local economy across multiple venues. For example, you have one venue that is generating a lot of daily customer traffic. Let’s say it is a conference/convention center.

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.

Elevating Safely: Interfacing Fire Alarm Systems With Elevators

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.

How Do I Deal With Change

Nineteen years ago, author Spencer Johnson wrote “Who Moved My Cheese?” This book features a fable about how to cope with change.