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. 

Last month, we discussed “dark fiber” and how most outside plant installations include more fibers than are needed at the time of installation. Later, those fibers will be used for expanding service capacity or leased out to provide income.

Our Houses—or, at least, the houses of the tech-savviest among us—are getting closer to running autonomously. Now, it’s not just that you can open your garage door or turn on your living room lights from a smartphone app.

Do you have a customer that requires additional access control at specific locations within their facility but no budget for a total rip and replace? Maybe they are concerned with hacking or data compromise.

The categories or labels used to describe the plethora of power quality phenomena that can occur on electrical systems have not changed much in the past decade or two. Measurement methods and acceptable limits for most systems have changed.

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Have A NICET Day
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I am sure many of you are certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) in fire alarm systems and encourage your employees to become NICET-certified as well. NICET has been certifying individuals in fire protection fields since 1978.

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Throwing A Lifeline
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A life-threatening event 
occurs at a large building where many people could be in danger. In this case, it is a smoky fire, but it could also be an earthquake or a mass shooting. The fire alarm system senses the fire, locates the problem, and immediately begins sending signals.

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Snake Tray’s Mega Snake built-in suspension system eliminates brackets and struts. 

Cool Tools: Cable Management
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A well-planned and executed structured cable management system in a building tells building managers where and how much cabling is in the structure and which cables connect; it also facilitates system maintenance and simplifies troubleshooting and repairs.


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Core Strength
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Creating a safe and secure hospital environment that also promotes healing means turning away from traditional options, such as guards with stun guns, and toward technology to meet the ever-multiplying security needs of healthcare facilities.


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Traffic Control on the Information Superhighway
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The information superhighway is about to experience bumper-to-bumper traffic snarls that—even with the best planning—will become increasingly difficult to untangle.

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Deja Voltage
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Energy ETC, Union City, Calif., founded in 1993, does a lot with only six employees.

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Positioning

Warning: More Competition Ahead
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About three years ago, security service providers started offering smart security solutions complete with professionally monitored home security services that were enhanced with home automation and energy management capabilities.

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