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. 

Global positioning systems (GPS) and radio frequency identification (RFID) are receiving renewed attention for security, operations management and logistical applications, bringing new sources of revenue to installing contractors and additional benefits to their customers.


I often think how lucky we are to work in a profession in which we save lives. It can also make us a good living if we pay attention. Do you pay attention?


The outlook for solar-power project deployment continues to brighten, creating opportunities for electrical contractors. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Washington, D.C., 2014 was a banner year for U.S. photovoltaic (PV) projects.

All of that dark fiber we have been discussing the last few months is getting used for some fast-growing applications, and the fastest may be connecting cell towers. Cell phones have evolved into mobile data devices. Smartphones and tablets consume vast amounts of data.

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Sailing the Seas, Surfing the 'Net
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Guarding the Coast Guard’s computers The U.S. market for information security products and services is projected to increase by 19 percent per year between now and 2008.

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Shambaugh & Son Lock Up Prison Security Project
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In March 2001, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to a pre-qualified list of design-build general contractors to manage the construction project for a new federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The 598,000-square-foot U.S.

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Distributors Provide Supply on Demand
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Electrical contractors have had their appetites whet. They see promise in a host of voice/data/video and integrated systems and are approaching the market with a newfound sense of excitement regarding turnkey solution contracting.

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All Bundled Up
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It can keep you warm—or create a fire hazard “BUNDLE (bundled, bundling):To occupy the same bed without undressing, said of a man and woman, especially during courtship.” —Webster’s Dictionary.

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Outlook Bright for Security Lighting
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Illuminating the premises is a critical component of the complete protection plan It has been a whirlwind ride for the security industry the last several years.

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Tapping the Power of the Ethernet
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A standard finds new strength There’s common ground between security end-users and electrical contractors/integrators, and it lies in the Ethernet.

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Number of Conductors in an Outlet Box, Connecting Ground Rods and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 250 Grounding Article 314 Outlet, Device, Pull and Junction Boxes; Conduit Bodies, Fittings and Manholes Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers Article 440 Air Conditioning and Refrigerating Equipment Article 517 Healthcare Facilities Article 695 Fire Pumps Overcur

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