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. 

At a small telecommunications facility, equipment mysteriously started self-destructing for no apparent reason. Laptops, routers, printers and cell phones were apparently just becoming nonfunctional.

After 15 years of rural living on a small farm in Southern California, my wife and I recently moved back into the city. Now, as we walk around our neighborhood, we are often reminded that we live in one of the smartest “smart cities” in the world: Santa Monica, Calif.

As new technology such as Amazon Alexa is linked to smart home devices, lamps are becoming more than simple lights that turn on when you flip a switch.  

Power over ethernet (PoE) is a critical technology for integrated, IP-connected devices. Development and innovation in PoE continues to increase its capabilities, resulting in new standards, devices and methods to manage the technology for greater efficiency.

More on Systems

Cruise Controlling Industry

Industrial automation is linked to manufacturing and production, but the term has been used more loosely recently.

Choosing Components for Premises Installations

The choice of premises fiber optic components is affected by -several factors, including communications equipment, physical routing of the cable plant and building codes and regulations.

Down the Line

Utility planners who have been warning of a looming crisis in the U.S. electricity-transmission system for the last decade or so now may have a new weapon in their ongoing battle to expand transmission capacity.

PJM: Transmission Vital to Support Nation's Energy Goals

PJM Interconnection President and CEO Terry Boston testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that transmission is the enabler of virtually all of the energy goals Congress is considering.

Choosing OSP Components

The choice of outside plant (OSP) fiber optics components begins with last month’s work: developing the route the cable plant will follow. Once the route is set, it is certain where cables will be run, where splices are located and where the cables will be terminated.

Distributed Generation of Solar Could Help Light up North Carolina

One of the advantages of solar power is the ability to generate power on-site, eliminating the need to transport it over transmission lines.

Planning the Route

Having decided to use fiber optics and chosen equipment appropriate for the application, it is time to determine exactly where the cable plant and hardware will be located. One thing to remember: Every installation is unique.