Systems

 

 

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. 

Residential end-user expectation is fueling automation expansion not only in the homes of the wealthy but also in middle class developments where residents expect to be able to manage the operation of their homes with their cell phone or tablet.

The advertisements bombard us constantly. On television, on websites, in your inbox, all with the same message: everyone else is using technology that integrates security systems with home automation and enables remote control of the whole house with smart devices. Why aren’t you doing this too?


McClure Electric, San Francisco, has been in business since 1966, but it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that it got involved in low-voltage work.


I am always amused when I hear, “No one uses heat-cured epoxy connectors anymore.” In fact, about 95 percent of all connectors, including every factory-made patchcord, uses heat-cured epoxy for its ease of use, low cost and high reliability.

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Looking At Big Data
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Big data, that slightly overwhelming concept where staggering amounts of information are gathered and analyzed in search of useful data nuggets, continues its creep into the building automation market.

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Security System Integration in Schools

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Gone are the days when playground safety was the chief security concern in schools. In the wake of Columbine and Sandy Hook, educational institutions are increasingly adopting security systems that enable them to respond to various emergencies in real time.

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The Invention Of Premises Cabling
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The runaway success of PC sales in the 1980s led to the development of today’s computer networks, what we now call local area networks (LANs) or enterprise networks. The need for allowing PCs to communicate quickly followed their sales success.

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Unclogging The Mind
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Though not one for use of tweets or blogs or other forms of social media, I find it necessary sometimes to unclog the mind with a stream-of-conscious offloading of information.

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How Do You Identify Yourself?
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Many Might answer the title question: “I am a professional contractor.” That means you at least install fire alarm systems, maybe even design your own projects. If that alone constitutes your answer, you routinely miss a huge amount of sales. 


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Trust, But Verify
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With the introduction of Internet-protocol-based, enterprise-wide, and integrated security solutions, today’s systems are more sophisticated than ever, and their deployment has become much more complicated.

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What's A Network?
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When we discuss copper, fiber and wireless, we focus on the media, often without regard to the networks for which the media are supposed to provide connections. To better understand the role of the media and the selection of the best choice, it helps to understand networks.


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