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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. 

We are all aware fiber optics is the backbone of communications networks such as telecom, the internet, local area networks, cable television and more. It’s also the backbone of the electrical grid.

Over the past two years, the technical committee responsible for IEEE 1547, Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems, has added a section on power quality (PQ), including the parameters, indexes and limits on those for distributed energy resources (DERs) connect

Mobile applications, an increasingly fluid workforce and improvements in product integration are changing the landscape of mass notification systems (MNSs) and emergency communications. The technology is more responsive and better directed in messaging to the masses.
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On July 12, hundreds of companies and organizations will participate in the Day of Action for Net Neutrality. The event has the support of internet giants such as Amazon and Netflix as well as civil organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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Submetering Goes Mainstream

Until recently, the energy standards referenced by state and municipal building codes in the United States have emphasized performance levels of products specified for lighting, air conditioning and other building systems without reference to the importance of maintaining those performance levels ov


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Material And Market Demand

When a portfolio of work dried up in 2007 for Components Express, an electrical cable manufacturer in Woodridge, Ill., the company found a market niche and focused on a narrow but specialized line of cables used for video transmission: machine vision cables.


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Breaking Down Barriers: Biometric Advancements

How much simpler would it be if you could go for a run, stop to buy a bottle of water and return home without having to carry your wallet or keys?


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Changing With The Technology: New Fire Alarm Communications Methods


If you are like most people in the fire alarm industry, you struggle with what is and is not allowed for transmitting fire alarm signals to a supervising station. NFPA 72 has changed a lot in the last few code cycles, so let’s clarify some of those changes.



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Location, Location, Location: Smoke Detector Applications and Placement

One of the most common problems I find when reviewing installed fire alarm designs is the misapplication of smoke detectors.


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Competing On All Fronts

Sturgeon Electric Co. Inc. in Henderson, Colo., has been in business since 1912. It expanded into low-voltage work in 1984, when private bank exchange companies asked if it would be interested in performing their installations.



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Security As An Experience

Although security has been necessary to protect people and property for decades, it is now considered part of the holistic experience with factors such as connectivity, convenience and integration with other systems.



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