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. 

Are your low-voltage and security customers concerned over “hanging” security cameras on the enterprise network and opening it to potential vulnerabilities? Or are they looking at protecting other parts of their commercial facility that may be housing data and other privileged information? reported in October 2014 that the United States has more electrical grid blackouts than any other developed nation and that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), demand for electricity has outpaced transmission rates by 25 percent every year since 1982.

As projects become more complex, electrical contractors need high-tech management methods to ensure more efficient results. Here are just a few examples to help you get headed in the right direction. 5pm

The dark fiber providers that most people are familiar with are private companies that were started to offer fiber connectivity for a profit. Today, there is a major movement toward building fiber networks as a public-private partnership.

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Unified Messaging

E-mail, voice mail and faxes find you in the office or on the go Communications, at its core, propels business forward. If not for the daily barrage of phone calls, e-mail messages and faxes, business would probably come to a halt.

Is an Augmented Cat 6 Cabling Package Coming?

This package is coming—maybe not this holiday season, but probably after the next one. It may be broken up into three smaller packages, but here is a look at what is going to be included: • TSB 155 • Addendum 10 to TIA 568-B.2 • Addendum 11 to TIA 568-B.2 Now, somehow, all three are related.

A Lock on Hotel Security

The next generation of hotel security and lock systems will depend on two features—ease of access for the guest and ease of control for the hotel. As a result, there are some subtle shifts in the market that will change how electrical contractors do business.

Hotels and Casinos: A Challenging Combination

Interesting occupancies for fire detection Hotel and casino fire-alarm systems can prove challenging from at least three perspectives: first, the number of people moving about the facilities throughout the day and night who typically have no familiarity with their surroundings; second, the high ambi

Derating Cables, Metal Faceplates, Grounding Parking Lot Lighting Poles and More

Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 250 Grounding Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 320 Armored Cable: Type AC Article 404 Switches Derating Cables Q: Is it necessary to derate types NM-B, AC or MC cables where these cables are bundled to enter a branch-circuit panelboard?

Casino Fire Protection-Not a Roll of the Dice!

Two decades ago, the disastrous fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas focused the world’s attention on the need for improved fire safety in casinos and hotels. The fire occurred on Nov.

Intrusion Detection for Secure Networks

On the scene to protect vital data for hotels, casinos and more Intrusion detection systems (IDS) are some of the new kids on the secured-computing block. While these network-based systems are on the rise, they are still misunderstood and not used nearly enough.