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. 

In preparing to write my next article, I often review the topics I have covered in the past year or so, and I consider the issue’s theme.

As most of you know, the codes and standards for fire alarm and mass notification systems change on a three-year cycle. New technology and more refined occupant needs top the list of reasons for most changes.

The predictions have arrived! Analysts expect the first quarter of 2015 to show a rapid rise in commercial construction. Obviously, this is good news on almost all fronts.

One of my responsibilities over the years has been to field questions from our members and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) to help them find and understand code requirements. I have benefitted from the process as well.

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TIA and You
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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is an industry organization with paying members from the communications/telecom industry. They develop minimal performance standards for cabling and related hardware and installation standards for the users/designers.

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Wireless: No Wonder
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Russ Lambert has trained as a lawyer (with a legal degree), served as a project manager for an electrical contractor (in this case, Fischbach & Moore) and worked at a high level for a major electrical distributor (specifically, as director of e-Commerce for WESCO Distribution during the dot-com

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Wireless LANs
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From a systems standpoint, wireless has been the talk of the town. It seems as if everyone was promoting this technology as one that would change the way we all view networking. Wireless has finally taken the great leap from industry projection chatter to commonplace buzzword.

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Solving the Labeling Dilemma
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Labeling and documentation can be separate tasks, but they go hand in hand and should be completed, at least in part, at the same time.

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Quick Fiber Optic Terminations
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One often needs a fast fiber optic termination.

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Lessons (to be) Learned
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Consider the following statements summarized from a description of a “recent” blackout: • Needles on meters in utility control centers were swinging wildly.

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Calling All Contractors
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Call centers have come full circle, mainly because they have helped to redefine and reshape customer service functions for a wide variety of businesses. Due to competition within almost all market sectors, customer service has become a defining business function.

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