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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. 

What we have been installing in buildings and data centers for years that could be a lethal element for a terrorist attack?

In the changing dynamic of energy resources, efficiency is playing a vital role. Even if political support for efficiency diminishes, its importance to the future of energy remains.

Renewable generation and energy storage technology have evolved at a similar pace in recent years. Their mutually beneficial relationship is no mystery.

California is already a national leader in energy storage. Now, a member of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Clifford Rechtschaffen, has submitted a proposed decision that would double funding for the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program.

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A True Turnkey Integrator

Ferndale Electric Co., Ferndale, Mich., which employs an average of 130 electricians, performs electrical work for automotive plants, power plants, bottling plants and other industrial facilities. It also renovates electrical systems for lift bridges and completes major projects for airports.



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Fiber Optic Testing

Continuing the thread of measurement uncertainty in fiber optics, this month I discuss measuring the loss of an installed fiber optic cable plant. Optical loss, tested with a light source, power meter and two reference cables, is the most common measurement in fiber optics.



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Waveform with harmonics: 8 percent of fundamental for the 2nd harmonic, 18 percent for 3rd, 10 percent for 5th, 5 percent for 7th, 2 percent for 9th
Up And Coming

There was a recurring topic at the summer meetings of the IEEE Power Quality Subcommittee’s various working groups and task forces, and it came to a head at a panel session on the latest version of IEEE 519 2014, IEEE Recommended Practice and Requirements for Harmonic Control in Electric Power Syste


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The Shift Continues: Service Revenues Rise in Security Systems Integration


Moving to upstart revenue streams and mobile, remote systems management is the way smart, low-voltage electrical contractors are doing something about the changing security and integrated systems market.


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Research Is A Tool

Recently, I came across some research that could be a useful tool. In August 2016, Security Sales & Integration (SSI) published its annual Operations and Opportunities Report, which reveals key trends in the security dealer and integrator market.



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Data Centers, the Cloud and You

The market for data centers is growing. It is being driven by many factors, including big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and intelligent computing that data centers make possible.


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