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. 

As data about home energy use expands, the next big thing could come from new products and services companies create to analyze and use that data.

It never ceases to amaze me just how much people in our industry have been either misled or misinformed concerning technical and code information.

My introduction to fiber optics was a guided tour of the Bell Labs section where they were developing the technology being used for the first commercial networks. What I remember most was the office of Jack Cook, the engineer developing the Biconic connector.

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.

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Maximize Bandwidth

Wide-area network (WAN) optimizatioN basically means maximizing bandwidth efficiency. It involves compressing data and providing quick access to certain protocols, which helps decrease the amount of communication on the network for common requests.

Timing Is Everything!

During a recent NFPA fire alarm systems seminar, a gentleman introduced himself and his two technicians. They had traveled quite a distance. Knowing NFPA planned a future seminar in his state, I asked why he did not wait to attend the closer seminar.

What's in Your Building?

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy defines a high-performance building (HPB) as “a building that is substantially better than standard practice.” There are no exact criteria for defining an HPB.

Safe Backup Power

Reliability of backup power systems, called uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), hinges on proper installation, regular preventative maintenance and well-being checks. Without them, you may as well start working on your resume.

A Give-and-Take Proposition

Like many others involved in technical education, I have been guilty of continually telling you that you need to get more training. The best way to keep up with technology, products or the industry; enhance skills; or network with peers is to attend training seminars.

NEI: Nuclear Plants Help Beat Heat Wave
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According to the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization, U.S.

Above the Noise

Bells jingling, people talking, glasses clinking, ratchets rattling as people pull levers, the whirl of the roulette wheel and the shouts of encouragement as the dice roll. Noise, noise and more noise.