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. 

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.

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.


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.

Many electrical contractors build, renovate, and maintain corporate and government data centers.

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High-Speed Copper

For data centers that still use copper, Category 8 (Cat 8) cabling promises to quadruple speed to 40 gigabits. Cat 8 could operate at a bandwidth frequency of 2 gigahertz.


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Cool Tools: Label Tools

Making labels on the job site can be a time-consuming task for integrated systems contractors, but it can pay big dividends in the long run.



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Supercharge Your Specs

The market for electronic access control continues to grow. It’s a sign of an ongoing upturn in future specifications. A big opportunity resides in one- to 10-door systems because these openings still may have traditional mechanical locks.


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Three Reasons To Install A New HVAC System

Innovations in energy and building management systems have opened new avenues to implementing cutting-edge features to commercial buildings without increasing overhead.


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Splice World: Inside fusion-splicing


Single-mode fiber needs many more splices than multimode. Outside plant (OSP) single-mode fiber links often require splicing shorter lengths of cable or drops off of a backbone cable. These OSP cables are usually fusion-spliced.


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Are Homes Getting Smarter?

Imagine a home where security cameras can distinguish between a dog, person and car and then alert you on your smartphone. Or, envision cameras in your refrigerator that enable you to check food inventory while grocery shopping. 



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More For Your Money: Power Quality Monitors

With the fifth generation of power quality monitors comes more parameters, features, communication modes and, for some users, challenges getting the answers that they want from the instruments.


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