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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U.S. Breaks All-Time Weekly Demand Record for Electricity During Heat Wave

THE U.S. DEMAND for electricity reached an all-time record in late July, during a punishing national heat wave. U.S.


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NFPA Amends Codes, Includes Electronic Monitoring of Fire Extinguishers

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) voted to amend NFPA 10 and NFPA 72 to include electronic monitoring in lieu of mandatory physical 30-day inspections. The ruling went into effect at the beginning of September.


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Fire Safety Functions

Elevator connection requirements  


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Planning a Fire Alarm System

Ask any electrical contractor—fire alarm installations are on the upswing. Much of the need in the marketplace is driven by codes or the need to update an aging building infrastructure with new fire protection technologies. Your goal, of course, is the all important certificate of occupancy.


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Near- and Real-Time IP Systems

Which installation fits your needs? Internet protocol (IP) continues to drive business, bringing new terms to the industry. “Real-time IP” is one term that isn’t necessarily new, but continues to cause electrical contractors quite a bit of confusion.


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Padre Island Power Project to Provide Clean Energy to Texas

  Jerry Patterson, commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, recently announced development details of the state’s second offshore wind farm at the Padre Island National Seashore.


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Wi-Fi Tops iPod and Home Phone

THE WI-FI ALLIANCE, in conjunction with Kelton Research, has found that Wi-Fi is demonstrating increased momentum as an integral part of leisure and work activities. According to a new nationwide survey on consumer perceptions of Wi-Fi technology, the Wi-Fi lifestyle has reached iPod popularity.


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