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. 

It never ceases to amaze me just how much people in our industry have been either misled or misinformed concerning technical and code information.

My introduction to fiber optics was a guided tour of the Bell Labs section where they were developing the technology being used for the first commercial networks. What I remember most was the office of Jack Cook, the engineer developing the Biconic connector.

SunTrust Park is home to Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. With more than 1,350 Wi-Fi access points, 30 LED displays and a 64-by-121-foot centerfield video board, the owners tout it as one of the most technologically advanced in the league.

I often receive data files recorded from power quality monitors to analyze the reason a piece of equipment experienced an event. This analysis is followed by determining the cause and who is to blame.

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Changing the Voltage Game

Wire and fiber. Rigid and flexible raceways. Twisted copper wire and category (Cat) cable. Welcome to a new world where traditional power and low voltage meet. For some electrical contractors, their shops reflect this confluence. For others, it may be on the horizon.

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Panoramic Surveillance—Can One Camera Do It All?

It’s sometimes intimidating but definitely necessary to learn the intricacies of camera technology. Before specifying surveillance for physical security, focus on the threats and the end-result the customer wants to achieve.

A Complex Problem: Fiber Optics Solve Alternative-Energy Challenges

As I discussed last month, one of the most complicated problems electrical utilities face is integrating alternative-energy sources into the traditional grid.

Grid Intelligence

State by state, communities, utilities and businesses in the United States are testing, planning and building systems aimed at modernizing the nation’s grid. In the past two years, the process has accelerated.

Beyond the Tech: The EC's Role in Changing Security

Attacks on the general public across the globe continue to mount, but they are not solely terrorist based. Low-tech improvised assaults and attacks are increasingly carried out by individuals or small groups.

Maintenance With Intelligence: The IoT Keeps Everything Connected

Aging buildings and sensor-based technology developments are creating unique opportunities for contractors and integrators to help building managers track the health of their facilities, the efficiency of the equipment and their usage of space.

Parts, Smarts And Labor

Certified Multi-Media Solutions, Farmingdale, N.Y., is a low-voltage contractor that has been in business since 2005.