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. 

SunTrust Park is home to Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. With more than 1,350 Wi-Fi access points, 30 LED displays and a 64-by-121-foot centerfield video board, the owners tout it as one of the most technologically advanced in the league.


I often receive data files recorded from power quality monitors to analyze the reason a piece of equipment experienced an event. This analysis is followed by determining the cause and who is to blame.

If you buy a new car in 2040, there’s a better than 50/50 chance it will be powered by electricity rather than gas.

Electronic access control is one of the most proprietary technologies (beside fire alarms) with the largest installed base of legacy equipment in the physical security industry.

More on Systems

 
Educate Yourself

Recent events have lead me to carefully consider the meaning of standards. I spent more than a dozen hours helping an end-user and a cabling contractor understand what TIA-568 required (and/or allowed) for fiber optic testing.


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Coordinating Orders

Not too long ago, electrical contracting firms only had to meet National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements and project plans and specifications when installing lighting systems.


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Take out a Contract

Running a successful contracting business is a time-consuming job. You spend time marketing and selling your company to clients and then spend time operating the company, hopefully at a profit. Those of you who install fire alarm systems often treat them like other electrical projects.


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Different Strokes for Different Folks

A question often asked by people in the fiber optic business is why we have so many different connectors.


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Get It Done Right

In this age of e-mails, cell phones and text messages, every contracting project seems to take on an urgency.


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Rising High

The drive toward high performance buildings demands the integration of diverse building systems that were not previously required to interact with one another. For example, occupancy sensors no longer control just lighting in a space. They also control the HVAC system supplying that space.


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